MOD70 European Tour, etapa Marsella – Genova para Spindrift Racing. Foncia gana la general de la regata

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Leg 5 : Marseille – Genoa

PRESS RELEASE • 2 October 2012
Spindrift racing wins stage 5, FONCIA winner of the MOD 70 European Tour
Chapo …

FONCIA left Marseille on Sunday afternoon needing to protect their six points lead from Spindrift racing by ensuring that, at worst, they finished directly behind Yann Guichard’s crew.

When Spindrift racing actually crossed the finish line of the 651 miles course from Marseille first place it initially looked like they had done enough to win overall. Desjoyeaux’s crew were in fourth 1.2 miles behind but had positioned themselves to the west of their rivals. The breeze filled better from their side of the course and the double Vendée Globe winner and his crew were able to narrowly cross ahead of Race for Water and Musandam-Oman Sail.

Just as the conclusion of the first leg from Kiel into Dun Laoghaire was extremely close in light winds, with three boats finishing within 77 seconds then, so too the finale into the Italian finishing port was very incredibly hard on the nerves. Over the last 10 miles of racing, the four top MOD70s struggled against each other in exceptionally light winds through the very early morning.

At seven miles to the finish line, making around 2 knots of boat speed Race for Water, Spindrift racing and FONCIA had only 0.3 of a mile between them.

Guaranteed second overall Yann Guichard and his Spindrift racing crew played their best option by staying with leg leader Race for Water to the north east of the bay while FONCIA maintained their course heading initially more directly to the finish line.

When they crossed the finish line the Spindrift racing crew, winners also of the Dublin to Cascais offshore stage, cheered loudly but then had an agonising wait, 22 minutes and 32seconds of to be precise – watching FONCIA steal overall victory in this first ever MOD70 European Tour.

Throughout the 651 miles final leg, once again the five one design MOD70 trimarans remained in close visual contact with each other, whether on a high speed 30kts run down from Marseille to Menorca, through a four hour spell of random stormy squalls between the Balearic island and Corsica and for the incredible low speed, high intensity chess match finish on the Bay of Genoa. Four of the five MOD70’s lead the final leg at different stages, but in the end overall victory – when it came – was FONCIA’s.

Both of the top two teams overall each won high value offshore legs. FONCIA won one City Race leg in Kiel, to Spindrift racing’s two, in Dun Laoghaire and Marseille, but in the end FONCIA were more consistent across the four weeks of racing.

Finishing in third on Leg 5, Stève Ravussin’s Race for Water take third place overall on the MOD70 European Tour, ahead of Sidney Gavignet’s crew on Musandam-Oman Sail who finish fourth overall. Sébastien Josse’s crew were hobbled on the final leg after tearing their gennaker just after half way through the final leg.

Leg 5 Result
1/ Spindrift racing (EUR), Yann Guichard (FRA),
finished 7h 14m 22s local (GMT/UTC+2hrs),
elapsed time 1d 15h 21m 22s
sailed 680 miles at real average of 17.29kts

2/FONCIA (FRA), Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA),
finished 7h 36m 54s local (GMT/UTC+2hrs),
elapsed time 1d 15h 43m 54s,
sailed 676 miles at real average of 17kts
+ 22mins 32 secs behind leader

3/ Race for Water (SUI) Stève Ravussin (SUI)
finished 7h 40m 03s local (GMT/UTC+2hrs),
elapsed time 1d 15h 47m 03s,
sailed 667 miles at real average of 16.77kts
+ 25mins 41 secs behind leader

4/ Musandam-Oman Sail (OMA), Sidney Gavignet (FRA)
finished 7h 40m 03s local (GMT/UTC+2hrs),
elapsed time 1d 15h 50m 25s,
sailed 676 miles at real average of 16.97kts
+ 29mins 03 secs behind leader

5/ Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Sébastien Josse (FRA)
finished 8h 28m 59s local (GMT/UTC+2hrs),
elapsed time 1d 16h 35m 59s,
sailed 672 miles at real average of 16,55
+ 1 hour 14mins 37secs behind leader

Final standings, provisional
1/ FONCIA with 284 points
2 / Spindrift racing with 282 points
3 / Race For Water with 244 points
4/ Musandam-Oman Sail with242 points
5 Groupe Edmond de Rothschild with 228 points

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