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27 May 2002, 01:14 pm
Fujifilm Leads
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The fleet, © G.Martin Raget

Courses Des Phares
Calais

Fujifilm is leading the Course Des Phares offshore race by 25 miles from Groupama.
The ten trimarans started on Sunday 26 May on the 2,541-mile Courses des Phares after westerly gales delayed the start by one week. The 10 skippers of the 18-metre (60-foot) Offshore Racing Multihull Association (ORMA) trimarans left Calais, France, on Sunday. The course is designed to take the fleet past some of the major lighthouses on the west coast of Europe.

The first five boats are sailing on a close-hauled Star board course up past the point of Brittany, France. If the current west-northwest wind is maintained Fujifilm is covering their challengers perfectly.

The 2002 ORMA circuit continues with the Zeebrugge Grand Prix from July 11 to 14, the Fecamp Grand Prix from September 12 to 15 and the Route Du Rhum single-handed race from St. Malo on November 10.




Position Report 10:00h

Position Bateau Speed(knots) Distance to Finish (miles) Distance to Leader (miles)
1 Fujifilm 17.7 2180.8 0
2 Groupama 18.2 2205.7 24.9
3 Foncia 16 2206.9 26.1
4 Bonduelle 17.8 2211.3 30.5
5 Belgacom 16.3 2220.2 39.4
6 Biscuits La Trinitaine - Ethypharm 10.2 2264 83.2
7 Bayer CropScience 12.2 2269.6 88.8
8 Sopra Group 11.4 2269.8 89
9 Sergio Tacchini 10.2 2275.3 94.5
10 Banque Covefi 4.7 2282.1 101.3
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