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Tour de France à la voile

Pierre-Loic Berthet’s team wins Le Tour 2004

"This victory is the reward of 6 yeas of sailing together"

vendredi 30 juillet 2004Information Tour Voile

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With two windward leeward courses planned for this ultimate day in the 2004 edition of the Tour de France à la Voile, Bouygues Telecom began the day with a 15 point lead ahead of Defi Partage Marseille, who themselves were 11 points ahead of the multinational team who have lead the majority of the Tour, Groovederci. After a successful first race in an established, if shifty easterly with Bouygues Telecom narrowly taking victory after a tense duel with Groovederci, the second and final race of the day was cancelled shortly after the start due to a lack of wind off St Maxime. It was Bouygues Telecom that proudly took a much deserved outright victory in the Tour, with Defi Partage Marseille taking second and the former leader Groovederci completing the podium in third.

L’équipage de Bouygues Telecom s’impose devant les "Américains"
Photo : JM.Liot / TFV04

The final skippers’ briefing at 1000 GMT today was spiced with sentiment with Race Director Manfred Ramspacher, keen to show his appreciation to the crews for the smooth running of this edition. He highlighted the sporting nature of the teams both on an off the water, as well as a desire to see the increased international following of the event thanks to new race owners Larivière. He also hinted at the potential inclusion of some America’s Cup America's Cup #AmericasCup players in next year’s edition, as well as the familiar student and amateur rankings which make the event what it is today. A partnership with Voile Magazine is also set to improve future visibility of the event both for partners and competitors.

Fully briefed and eager to finish the Tour in style, Defi Jean Bart, Region Ile de France, Theoule Mandelieu and Defi Sclerose en Plaque Leonard de Vinci were too hot off the blocks and had to make the required penalty turns in 8/10 knot winds. By the first upwind mark it was Bouygues Telecom out front, with Nantes Saint Nazaire right in its wake and Defi Partage-Marseille in third. Back down in seventh was the American skippered Groovederci.

Back on the pace by the downwind mark quarter of an hour later it was Groovederci leading the field, with Bouygues Telecom hanging on firmly behind. Same scenario at the third mark but by the finish Bouygues Telecom had managed to take back the controls with a symbolic win over second placed Groovederci and Nantes Saint Nazaire on a real flyer today taking third.

Unfortunately PSA Peugeot Citroen had to return to shore after the first leg so as to disembark one of the crew injured during the leg after a bad fall. He had to undergo additional examinations as a matter of safety. The Race Committee waited for the competitor to rejoin the race zone prior to launching the second start.

With 5 to 6 knots of wind it was Ville de Geneve Carrefour Prevention that got off to the best start in Race 30 but 11 minutes later the leg was cancelled due to lack of wind. Despite a new procedure, Race 30 was eventually cancelled outright for this same reason.

As a result, the worthy winner of the Tour de France à la Voile 2004 is Bouygues Telecom with Defi Partage Marseille taking second and long time leader Groovederci in third.

« This victory is the reward of 6 yeas of sailing together. It was pretty difficult for a while but we managed to comeback. Groovederci lost the Tour de France à la Voile in one leg. It was our regularity that saved us » declared the skipper of Bouygues Telecom, Pierre-Loïc. This race is really specific and to have already raced it, and even won it, in 2002 with the same crew is obviously an advantage. We’re making progress every year. »

In the student ranking leader Defi Grandes Ecoles Total Insa, skippered by Florent Gagerro set the pace from Perros-Guirec, with Port de Commerce La Rochelle Estudines.com taking second and Defi Sclerose en Plaques Leonard de Vinci taking third by just half a point over fourth place.

The Challenge AGF rewarded the boats that were the best placed with Groovederci not leaving empty handed with first prize, Defi Partage Marseille in second and Region Ile de France in 3rd. American skipper of Groovederci, Deneen Demourkas admitted to being a “little disappointed...but more through the fact that it is over. It’s been an absolutely fantastic event and I’m seriously considering coming back for more...”

Written by Kate Jennings  

Pierre-Loic Berthet reste la référence sur un Mumm 30 autour de France
Photo : JM.Liot / TFV04

• Classement général du Tour de France à la Voile 2004

- 1 BOUYGUES TELECOM 1161
- 2 DEFI PARTAGE MARSEILLE 1139
- 3 GROOVEDERCI 1132
- 4 REGION ILE DE France 1097
- 5 TOULON PROVENCE MEDITERRANEE COYCH 1089
- 6 THEOULE MANDELIEU 1058,5
- 7 DIEPPE SEINE MARITIME 1025,5
- 8 VILLE DE GENEVE CARREFOUR PREVENTION 984
- 9 COTES D’ARMOR 960
- 10 CSC ESSEC 931
- 11 VILLE DU PORT BRED ILE DE LA REUNION 930
- 12 DEFI GRANDES ECOLES TOTAL INSA 814,5
- 13 BELVEDERE FORCE EDC LES COPAINS A BORD 796,5
- 14 PORT DE COMMERCE LA ROCHELLE ESTUDINES.COM 784,5
- 15 ESPOIRS AQUITAINS 726
- 16 PERPIGNAN MEDITERRANEE 720
- 17 DEFI SCLEROSE EN PLAQUES 717
- 18 NANTES SAINT NAZAIRE 704
- 19 ALFA LAVAL 678,5
- 20 DEFI DON DU SANG ALLIBERT- HEC-ESC GRENOBLE-X 675
- 21 PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN 674,5
- 22 BIENNE VOILE 638,5
- 23 DOUARNENEZ VOILE MAGAZINE 630
- 24 TEPACAP 617,5
- 25 BREST GRANDES ECOLES ENSIETA ENST BRETAGNE 568,5
- 26 DELFT CHALLENGE 548
- 27 EIGSI CHARENTE MARITIME 541,5
- 28 MARSEILLE UNIVERSITES VILLE DE BANDOL 523,5
- 29 DEFI JEAN BART 502,5
- 30 T SERVICE INTERIM REGION DE BRUXELLES CAPITAL 467

• Classement amateur du Tour de France à la Voile 2004
- 1 DIEPPE SEINE MARITIME 533
- 2 VILLE DE GENEVE CARREFOUR PREVENTION 508
- 3 CSC ESSEC 506,5
- 3 COTES D’ARMOR 506,5
- 5 VILLE DU PORT BRED ILE DE LA REUNION 490,5
- 6 BELVEDERE FORCE EDC LES COPAINS A BORD 429
- 7 PERPIGNAN MEDITERRANEE 387
- 8 PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN 356
- 9 BIENNE VOILE 346,5
- 10 TEPACAP 335,5
- 11 DEFI JEAN BART 287
- 12 T SERVICE INTERIM REGION DE BRUXELLES CAPITAL 268,5

• Classement étudiant du Tour de France à la Voile 2004
- 1 DEFI GRANDES ECOLES TOTAL INSA 543,5
- 2 PORT DE COMMERCE LA ROCHELLE ESTUDINES.COM 528
- 3 DEFI SCLEROSE EN PLAQUES 494,5
- 4 DEFI DON DU SANG ALLIBERT- HEC-ESC GRENOBLE-X 494
- 5 ALFA LAVAL 486,5
- 6 DELFT CHALLENGE 425
- 7 BREST GRANDES ECOLES ENSIETA ENST BRETAGNE 423
- 8 MARSEILLE UNIVERSITES VILLE DE BANDOL 413,5
- 9 EIGSI CHARENTE MARITIME 405,5



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