Back On the Horse
July 10 th 2018 - 10:53
After what was for many a slow and frustrating Coastal Race yesterday, when the wind dropped out and there was more than half an hour of drifting, today Dieppe should repay the Tour Voile fleet with a breezier, high octane day of stadium racing.
It is an altogether cooler and cloudier morning and the daytime values are expected to ‘only’ reach 20 or so but the N’ly wind will peak at just over 22kts in the gusts with a nice little spike in wind speed around the time of the Final.
For the leaders Beijaflore, Lorina Limonade-Golfe du Morbihan and Team Résau IXIO today is really about keeping the wheels on the bus, keeping consistent while retaining the capacity to hit a peak for the Final. And in the stronger breeze there is always the necessity to avoid drama and disaster.
But for the likes of #sailingarabia and Cheminées Poujoulat who had bad days yesterday it is vital to be right back in the thick of it, qualifying for the Final is a must.
At the top of the standings Beijaflore lead by two points ahead of 2016 champions Lorina Limonade – Golfe du Morbihan with Team Réseau IXIO in third a further two points back. Team Réseau IXIO lead the Youth class and the Amateur classification is lead by Dunkerque Voile skippered by Clement Meister.
The strain on the teams is certainly building up but the good news is tomorrow there is an ‘OFF’ – one of the only two on this 17 day Tour – as the whole Tour caravan moves west to Barneville-Carteret which is to the west of the tip of the Cherbourg peninsula.
Tuesday, 10:50h, Dieppe