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Franck Cammas keeps lead at GC32 Marseille event

At the end of play Saturday, NORAUTO powered by Groupama Team France, led by Franck Cammas, continues to lead the GC32 Marseille event with a consistent 2-2-2-2 scoreline.

However the top of the leaderboard came within a whisker of major upset when Naofumi Kamei’s Mamma Aiuto! blitzed the first unsuccessful attempt at the day’s only race.

The Japanese team, on which Australian match racer Keith Swinton is standing in for Kamei-san, was a leg ahead of the competition when disaster struck.

With perhaps two minutes of sailing to go until they crossed the finish line, the 35 minute time limit for races (as agreed between all the teams) ran out and the race had to be abandoned.

After leading a race which was cancelled Saturday and coming second in the first attempt to hold a race today, fate finally smiled on Jason Carroll’s US team on Argo.

The two time Melges 32 World Champion won Saturday’s only race, held in ‘low rider’ conditions (ie no foiling and no hull flying) with the southwesterly wind speed never exceeding 6 knots.

Argo now holds a solid third place at Marseille One Design with a six point cushion over Team Tilt in fourth.

But for the US team, the real fight is now with Pierre Casiraghi’s Malizia-Yacht Club de Monaco which went into this regatta leading the GC32 Racing Tour’s owner-driver championship.

GC32 Racing Tour at Marseille One Design - results after four races:

1st NORAUTO 2 2 2 2 8 pts
2nd Mamma Aiuto! 6 1 3 3 13 pts
3rd Argo 5 4 4 1 14 pts
4th Team Tilt 1 5 5 9 20 pts
5th Malizia - Yacht Club de Monaco 3 7 6 6 22 pts
6th ARMIN STROM Sailing Team 4 6 7 5 22 pts
7th Team ENGIE 8 9 1 7 25 pts
8th Gunvor Sailing 7 3 9 10 29 pts
9th Orange Racing 10 8 10 4 32 pts
10th Realteam 9 10 8 8 35 pts