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20 October 2003, 10:19 am
Pepponnet Takes Second Title
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Pro-Am Cup

In a 15 knots wind, the K-Challenge Pro-Am Cup ended yesterday with great races full of action. Six races have been sailed since Friday, allowing a discard to be applied to each competitors overall score.
Région Ile de France was leading the fifth race from the beginning of it, but Thierry PEPONNET (FRA) and his crew on K-Challenge 1 took advantage of the wind shift on the second leg to go back to the top of the fleet.

Then, they managed to put a boat between them and Région Ile de France, this was Pierre-Loïc BERTHET and the Epure by Lierac boat, and Thierry kept the advantage till the end of the race .K-Challenge 2 got on his side from eleventh to fifth position on this race, a very good come back from John CUTLER and Nicolas CHARBONNIER who didn't start the race well but were always fightingt.

In race six, K-Challenge 1 started on the right handoff the course to take control of Epure by Lierac, and Région Ile de France took this opportunity to put Nantes Saint-Nazaire behind. In the downwind leg, lots of boats messed up as the wind was really strong, and all the placing was changed.

So Nantes Saint-Nazaire managed to get back in the first part of the final general placing in front of Marseille Cap Sport which came back nicely after having infringed down the run. Marseille Cap Sport and K-Challenge 1 went up the left hand side of the course, while Epure by Lierac and Nantes Saint-Nazaire were on the right ; This is when Marseille Cap Sport took the opportunity to lead again in the upwind leg, with the amateur team Entra'cte- Les Copains A Bord just behind.

In the last downwind leg, K-Challenge 1 managed to take the lead back from Epure By Lierac, Les Copains A Bord and Marseille Cap Sport, showing till the last minute how they managed the boat and sailing area very well.

So this is the second time that Thierry PEPONNET wins the Pro-Am Cup with the K-Challenge team. He is more than proud as we can imagine to have been able to keep his title, and he is decided to come back next year to carry on the performance!

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.
Stephanie Nadin (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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