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Tour de France - Team SFS complete second double

Team SFS completed their second double of the 40th Tour de France à la Voile with a win off the sunny beaches of Les Sables d’Olonne.

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Sofian Bouvet and crew added the Act 5 Nautical Stadium win off the sunny beaches of Les Sables d’Olonne to Monday’s Coastal Race win.

But a last gasp gain in the light winds Super Final by Trésors de Tahiti means the blue spinnaker of the Tour leader stays with Téva Plichart’s team but only by two points.

Both Team SFS, debutants this year, and Trésors de Tahiti head to the Mediterranean, to Roses in the Province of Girona on Spain’s Costa Brava where racing starts Friday separated by a tiny margin after five of the nine Acts of this Tour have been sailed.

Team Oman Sail head to the Med on target for their goal this edition, seeking to finish on the podium.

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The stadium racing off the busy beach of Les Sables d’Olonne started in 14-15 kts of SE’ly breeze with the bay whipping up dancing white horses and small waves.

As a nautical arena there are few Tour venues which come close to offering shoreside viewers a perfect spectacle.

The finish line was tucked into the western corner of the promenade while windward turn was clearly visible level with Les Sables d’Olonne’s famous Cote West Hotel and Thalasso Spa.

The wind died through the afternoon and became more unstable, making it essential to stay on top of the shifts and the changes in wind pressure.

Two teams made it through to the eight boat Super Final for the first time, Aurélien Ducroz’s Coved-Paprec and the young team on Toulon-Provence Méditerranée.

Underlining how close the racing is over the five qualifying heats, two teams missed the cut by one single point and only three points separate fourth from eight.

Hugo Rocha and the New Territories team head to Roses in their native Spain lying in 14th place in the 29 boat line up.

After losing their mast overboard when a pin failed the British crew on Team Maverick SSR lie 24th overall.

At the top of the Finagaz Youth Standings is the Lorina Mojito-Golfe du Morbihan crew while the Amateurs division is lead by Homkia Les Sables d’Olonne Agglomeration, the home team of Act 5 who finished 15th today.

Stevie Morrison, Thierry Douillard and the crew finished in fifth Tuesday’s Super Final, losing a place in the dying breaths of the race, but remain pleasingly consistent.

Overall Leaders (29 entries)
1st Trésors de Tahiti – 468 pts
2nd Team SFS – 466 pts
3rd Team Oman Sail – 451 pts
4th Fondation FDJ - 450 pts
5th Vivacar.FR Cefim - 437 pts
6th Team Lorina Mojito - 432 pts
7th Beijaflore Sailing - 432 pts
8th Team Lorina Limonada - 423 pts

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19 July 2017 6:49 GMT


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