- Team Lorina Limonade – Golfe du Morbihan, undeniable leader after two days of racing and two victories
- Team Coved wins the Finagaz award for combativeness
- Oman Airports finished 8th in the stadium races, and remains in 4th place overall
After two days of racing in Dunkirk, Team Lorina Limonade – Golfe du Morbihan is already proving to be a benchmark team. Their massive victory in the coastal race on Friday with an eight minute lead was just a glimpse of their skills. Today, they won four of the six qualification and did an incredible job at coming back from the end of the fleet to win the Grand Final.
« Kévin and Bruno have been amazing, because despite our bad start, they stayed focused until the end and we managed to pass the other boats and win the race », said skipper Quentin Delapierre. « We really enjoyed the sailing conditions in Dunkirk in the last three days »
« We were behind at the start so the race course was all open for us. We saw the others boats going too far on one side so we had a card to play. We fought hard, we had a good team work, and it paid off », said crewmember Bruno Mourniac.
All 24 teams fought fiercely for the points on offer for each of today’s six races. In a solid breeze reaching 25 knots in the gusts, Team Coved scored a victory and two podium places. Double freeride ski world champion Aurélien Ducroz could not be happier with this string of results : « it was an incredible day of intense racing. We are stoked ! A 5th place on the coastal race and now a 4th in today’s stadium races… That’s everything we could wish for to begin the Tour. The challenge in the inshore races is to be consistent. One single mistake and you lose five places. We know we are missing a bit of training compared to other teams but the atmosphere onboard is fantastic and we just want to go for it, so we are improving every day ».
Aurélien Ducroz sailed the Tour de France last year on a Diam 24, but with his current crew, he only had ten days of training. As they finished 4th overall in Dunkirk, they were awarded with the Finagaz price for combativeness.
International crew Oman Airports didn’t win a race today but scored a nice set of results, with a 2nd, a 3rd, and three 5th positions. They keep 4th position overall after two days of racing.
Tonight the Diam 24 convoy will hit the road to Dieppe, for tomorrow’s second coastal race.