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12 July 2005, 01:34 pm
PEYRON Champion With One Race To Spare
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Nokia Oops Cup 2005
Sopot, Poland

Bruno PEYRON (FRA) and the Stena Sovcomflot team won all four races in Sopot, Poland on Sunday to become the winners of Nokia Oops Cup 2005 with one race to spare.
The Swedish/Russian team did not even have to win Sunday's races to secure their overall victory, but the duo PEYRON and Steve RAVUSSIN (SUI) know only one speed - full on. The thousands of people that had shown up on the pier outside Sopot got to see the trimarans in full action under a clear blue sky.

'It's never as easy as it looks, but today we did all the right moves and Steve RAVUSSIN really found the groove as tactician,' said PEYRON.

'That's also the reason Roger NILSON (SWE) and I chose to work with RAVUSSIN and his boat. It's important to get a person on board that really knows the boat. When we only have a few weeks to prepare for these kind of races we never get the chance to get to know the boat as good as we would like to,' continued the Frenchman.

When the offshore race between Sopot and St. Petersburg in Russia starts on Tuesday the Swedish/Russian trimaran can parade 'home' with the gold medal for the whole cup in their pocket.

'I have tried to 'export' the sport off multihull sailing for 25 years and it has been my personal goal to reach outside the French boarders. Now it finally looks like sailors in other countries has opened their eyes for this sport. There are eight different nationalities on Stena Sovcomflot,' said Peyron.

HiQ, with Klas NYLÖF (SWE) on the helm, took second place in Sunday's races in Sopot, while Knut FROSTAD (NOR) and Team Academy came third.

The Stena Sovcomflot team were in a position to take overall victory after their win in race nine of the Nokia Oops Cup, the double-handed race between Sandhamn, Sweden and Sopot on 6 July.

PEYRON and RAUVSSIN won over HiQ by a six minutes.

'It was quite easy to sail these boats this time actually. The winds was perfect and we only had to do one jibe between Sandhamn and Sopot,' said RAVUSSIN.

He and PEYRON took the lead a couple of hours after the start from Sandhamn, and managed to fight the other teams off all the way to Sopot.

HiQ was the only one who where able to hang on to Stena Sovcomflot all the way to the finish line.

'The conditions where perfect. Just the right wind and a very hard fight with Stena Sovcomflot. But at the end of the race we where a little to far behind to really get a shot at the first place. Our boats have the similar speed and we only needed for them to make a little mistake. But Bruno and Steve don't make any mistakes,' said NYLÖF.

Academy reached the finish line just about an hour after the winner. After that Nokia, Bonduelle and TietoEnator took the final three places.

Results Double-Handed Race

  1. Stena Sovcomflot (RUS/SWE)
  2. HiQ (SWE)
  3. Academy (NOR)
  4. Nokia (SWE)
  5. Bonduelle (POL)
  6. TietoEnator (FIN)

Results Sopot City Race

  1. Stena Sovcomflot (RUS/SWE)
  2. HiQ (SWE)
  3. Academy (NOR)
  4. TietoEnator (FIN)
  5. Nokia (SWE)
  6. Bonduelle (POL)

Overall Standings
(After 10 of 11 races)

  1. Stena Sovcomflot (RUS/SWE) - 15 points
  2. Academy (NOR) - 23
  3. HiQ (SWE) - 28.5
  4. TietoEnator (FIN) - 40.5
  5. Nokia (SWE) - 42.5
  6. Bonduelle (POL) - 51.5
Mats Olsson (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Nokia Oops Cup winners 2005, Stena Sovcomflot:© Hans Berggren
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