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4 July 2003, 03:19 pm
Ville D'antibes NEC First In Cherbourg
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Sunset ©Jean Marie Liot

2003 Tour Voile

Julien FARNARIER'S Ville d'Antibes NEC was the first boat to finish yesterday at 08h32, snatching victory in the second offshore race. Toulon-Provence-Méditerranée- Coych came home in second just ahead of Dieppe Seine Maritime.
Defending champions, Pierre-Loïc BERTHET and his crew onboard Bouygues Telecom finished in fourth and are now the overall leaders. The Italians of Joe Fly Sailing Team still stand in 8th place overall after finishing in 8th in Cherbourg. Southern Sun Team Australie skippered by Melbourne's Mike SMITH and Kirwan ROBB are tenth overall after a disappointing 23 place in this offshore.

The fleet kicked off Wednesday at 14:00 to sail this 107-mile leg from Dieppe to Cherbourg. The first part of the race turned into a long beat along the cliffs of Haute-Normandy. During that fierce tacking battle, it paid for those who chose to stay close to the shore. The fleet passed the mark at Antifer at 21:00. Capsport was in the lead, followed by Ville de Genève Carrefour Prévention and Toulon-Provence- Méditerranée-Coych. Bouygues Telecom was in fifth and Joe Fly Sailing Team in seventh. Then, at about 22:00, the northwesterly wind, that was slowly dying, suddenly picked up again allowing the boats to sail on the rum line. It remained like that until the wind shifted to the west south west.

That's when the crews had to deal with lots of weed and also the tricky current of the Baie de Seine. Ville d'Antibes NEC was the first one to tack, at the right time and the right place just as the wind shifted again to the North-West. And that's when the story of the race was played out. Julie FARNARIER'S crew got in the lead and controlled everyone in a nail-biting finish that saw 10 boats crossing the line within 10 minutes.

The boys onboard Bouygues Telecom, who came home in fourth, were lucky that a boat managed to pass Cap Sport at the last minute. Therefore, the defending champions are now leading overall.

The Italians onboard Federico MICHETTI'S Joe Fly, who were leading at the top mark, came home in eighth position and still stand in eighth place overall.

Yann ELIÈS on Ville d'Antibes NEC commented about the race, "What I will remember from this race is that we've been flying through the fleet. The key was that good tack in the Baie de Seine. There is no doubt about the fact that speed makes you clever and we were fast today"

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