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Tour de France a la Voile - Team SFS take third win

Team SFS bounced back Monday in Les Sables d’Olonne, triumphing in the Coastal Raid of around 30 nautical miles.

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It is Team SFS’ third win on the Tour de France à la Voile, adding to their Dunkirk double where they won both the opening Coastal and Stadium Super Final.

In fierce sunshine and light to moderate sea breezes of 5-12 kts which created many transition zones and consequently spread the fleet across the Bay of Les Sables,

Sofian Bouvet, Noé Delpech and Achille Nebout fought back from a terrible start to finish in style in the shadow of Les Sables d’Olonne’s legendary canal.

But with second place Trésors de Tahiti retain the blue gennaker, flown by the Tour leader, as the nine Act Tour Voile passes its theoretical midpoint in Act 5.

Team Occitanie Sud de France scored their best result of the Tour so far with third place after France’s four times Nacra 17 world champion Billy Besson joined them.

Tahitian native Besson is sailing with two times 470 world championship runner up Pierre Leboucher and Maxime Garbay.

Trésors de Tahiti lead the General standings by five points from Team SFS.

Team Oman Sail were first to recognise the additional breeze blowing off the shore accelerating out of the canal and along the sea wall and appeared to sail away from the fleet.

But that breeze died for them and they lost out much of their initial gain while SFS and Tahiti, a few lengths to windward escaped.

They crossed the finish eighth and hold third overall, 16 pts behind the leaders.

Racing in Les Sables d’Olonne continues Tuesday with Nautical Stadium racing.

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18 July 2017 6:30 GMT


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