30th July 2017
40th anniversary edition of the Tour de France à la Voile does not disappoint
Twenty-nine teams, nine Acts, eight Coastal Raids and more Nautical Stadium Races than you can shake a stick at are just a few of the numbers that cannot possibly sum up a marathon sailing event that is as exciting as it is exacting. The nine host ports touched on in the 40th Tour de France à la Voile: Dunkirk – Fécamp – Jullouville – Arzon Port du Crouesty – Les Sables d’Olonne – Roses – Le Grau du Roi Port Camargue – Marseille – Nice; represent some of France’s most iconic sailing grounds and the Tour is an institution in French competitive sailing.
29th July 2017
FINAL SHOWDOWN REWARDS TAHITI AND BEIJAFLORE
FONDATION FDJ - DES MAIN ET DES PIEDS CROWNED 2017 CHAMPIONS
At the conclusion of a truly entertaining Super Final, Fondation FDJ - Des Mains et Des Pieds skippered by Damien Iehl and Damien Seguin, Tresors de Tahiti skippered by Teva Plichart and Beijaflore Sailing skippered by Valentin Bellet, have secured the top three places on the overall podium in one of the most competitive and exciting editions of the Tour de France a la Voile to date.
Calm consistency wins as Fondation FDJ – Des Pieds et Des Mains claim championship with a day in hand
While Team SFS triumphed in spectacular style in today’s Coastal Raid, a third place finish in Nice was more than sufficient to assure Fondation FDJ – Des Pieds et Des Mains overall victory in the 40th edition of the Tour de France à la Voile. Eighteen points clear of Team SFS in second, the crew led by Damien Seguin and Damien Iehl with Benjamin Amiot and François Morvan can no longer be caught, and will add their name to the illustrious list of teams who have raised the Tour’s Cup since 1978.
Mixing it up in Marseille
Another brilliantly entertaining Nautical Stadium race day once again upset the apple carts in the final stretch of the Tour de France à la Voile 2017. Today’s elimination stage and Super Final failed to dislodge the top dogs from their vantage points: Fondation FDJ – Des Mains et Des Pieds took a solid third to remain poised at the top of the overall leaderboard, 20 points ahead of Team SFS, who looked unusually under par today. While things may look deceptively calm at the top of the scoreboard, a heated battle is raging just below the surface. Just two more days remain to seal fates in the event that started on 7th July, and while 30 points separate the top 6 teams, only four points now separate the third to sixth-placed boats (in order Trésors de Tahiti, Beijaflore, Team Oman Sail and Team Lorina Limonade – Golfe du Morbihan).
Mistral takes over in Marseille
Act 8 of the 40th Tour de France a la Voile did not get off to the most auspicious of starts in Marseille as the region’s notorious Mistral wind put paid to any hopes of sailing today. While the Tour has so far encountered conditions crossing the spectrum from light and shifty to big and blustery, this is the first time since the event got underway in Dunkirk on 7th July that the 29 teams have been kept ashore.
EYES ON THE PRIZES IN FINAL MED MATCHES
Due to the strong Mistral winds predicted for Marseille tomorrow, the race start time has been changed. The Act 8 Coastal Raid will get underway at 1.30 p.m. with the finish expected to take place off the city’s waterfront at around 4 p.m.
The home strait beckons for the 29 teams participating in the 40th edition of the Tour de France a la Voile: only the final two Acts in Marseille and Nice now stand between them and the final podium. The battle for first place overall will be a hard-fought one, but it will by no means be the only one unfolding between now and Saturday.
Blistering Super Final shakes Tahiti from top spot Fondation FDJ – Des Pieds et Des Mains claim the leader’s blue gennaker
In the windiest of the 14 race days faced yet in the Tour de France à la Voile, another spectacular Super Final saw a sparkling Lorina Limonade – Golf du Morbihan take to the heavy conditions with gusto. Tour champions in 2016, Quentin Delapierre and Matthieu Salomon neatly followed up a 1-1-3 scoreline in the qualifying rounds with a resounding victory in the Super Final. Also on top form in today were Fondation FDJ – Des Pieds et Des Mains, co-skippered by double Paralympic medal winner Damien Seguin alongside Damien Iehl, who with a second place finish take control of the overall classification.
Patience pays in blowy Camargue Coastal Raid
The 29 teams competing in the 2017 Tour de France à la Voile waited patiently for almost two hours under a blazing Mediterranean sun for the start of today’s Coastal Raid, the seventh in the series. When the breeze did finally kick in, blowing at around 15 knots and hitting highs of 20, it brought a mixed bag for the fleet with some teams rising to the occasion while others struggled to shine. The conditions proved perfect for Team SFS, skippered by Sofian Bouvet, who took control from the start, handling their Diam 24 masterfully in the challenging conditions to glide across the finish line at a speed of 19 knots with a fairly luxurious lead over Pays de l’Or Pink Lady Hérault in second place – in turn their best result of the tour so far.
Tour Leaders Trésors de Tahiti In The Chocolates in Roses.
Téva Plichart’s Trésors de Tahiti showed all the traits of potential Tour Voile champions not just in the smooth, assured manner in which they won today’s Act 6 Super Final but also the way in which they managed their route into the final in Roses, Costa Brava.
Remarkably the Tour leaders sailed a complete facsimile of their 2016 Act in Roses. Then they sailed an 11th in the coastal race after an early option went wrong and then won in the Stadium. Act 6 of the 40th Tour proved an exact copy of last year.
Outgunned in Roses
Double Paralympic medallist Damien Seguin, Damien Iehl and Benjamin Amiot on Fondation FDJ Des Pieds et Des Mains seized their opportunity in the thrilling final metres to the finish line, eased past Lorina Limonade Golfe du Morbihan to steal victory in an exacting, difficult coastal race on a hot, humid, sticky Bay of Roses. Fondation FDJ Des Pieds et Des Mains become the seventh different team to have won a coastal or super final race of the 11 already contested during the 40th Tour de France à la Voile.
Med Big Guns Primed in Roses?
There is little time for rest on the 40th Tour de France à la Voile. There are a few hours in the Costa Brava resort of Roses today for the 29 teams to rest and recover after yesterday’s road trip from Les Sables d’Olonne on the Atlantic coast of France to the Mediterranean, but during Thursday afternoon the boat park opens and the crews can start re-assembling their Diam 24 trimarans, ready to prepare for the final push to the finish line in Nice on 29th July.
High Pressure in the Med. No Home Territory Advantage to New Territories.
Wednesday is the biggest travel day of the 40th Tour de France à la Voile, time for the eight hour road trip from Les Sables d’Olonne on the Atlantic Vendée coast of France to the Mediterranean and the bay of Roses in the NE of the Province of Girona, close to the French border.
Team SFS Go Double Double but Trésors de Tahiti Lead Tour to Spain
Team SFS completed their second double of the 40th Tour de France à la Voile when 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
Take That! Team SFS Come Back Strong in Les Sables d’Olonne
After being penalised nine points in Arzon-Port du Crouesty for racing with an anchor which weighed in two kilos less than the prescribed minimum and so ceding the overall lead on the 40th Tour de France à la Voile, Team SFS bounced back today in the most emphatic fashion in Les Sables d’Olonne, triumphing in the Coastal Raid of around 30 nautical miles or about 3hrs and 40 minutes of racing.
Act 4 Super Final Treasure for Tahiti, Team SFS Lose Lead After Infringing Anchor Weight Rule
Trésors de Tahiti sailed by Teva Plichard, Pierre Pennec and Manu Mahai triumphed in a nail biting light wind Super Final on a fluky Bay of Quiberon, racing out of Port Crouesty, Arzon. Crossing the line for their first win of the 40th Tour de France à la Voile they denied a popular local victory for the young guns of Lorina Mojito-Golfe du Morbihan. The team representing Tahiti take over the leadership of the Tour after Team SFS were penalised 9pts by the International Jury because their anchoring kit was measured as too light.
Home Run Win for Vivacar.fr
Vivacar.fr-Cefim skippered on home waters by Mathieu Souben won the 36 nautical miles Coastal Race of Act 4 of the 40th Tour de France à Voile to become the fourth different team to have won a long race, coastal discipline since the annual French tour classic started in Dunkirk on July 7th.
Champions Double Top in Jullouville, Team Oman Sail Runners Up
As the 2016 champions, Quentin Delapierre and Matthieu Salomon’s Lorina Limonade-Golfe de Morbihan bolstered their title defence with a hallmark double win off the beaches of Jullouville on the Baie de Mont Saint Michel, taking victory in Thursday’s 40 miles coastal raid and reinforcing that perfectly with 50pts for today’s win in an adrenalin pumping Nautical Stadium Super Final.
July 10th, 2015
New day, new races, new winners
July 9th, 2015
3rd victory in a row for Groupama !
They crossed the finish line more than 5 minutes ahead of second boat Beijaflore Sailing. Pierre Pennec, Arnaud Jarlegan and Quentin Ponroy snatched victory hands down in the 32 mile long Coastal Race in the Bay of Le Pouliguen. Their third win in a row since the beginning of 2015 Tour de France à la Voile.
July 8th, 2015
Loïck Peyron, a special guest for Act 3 in Pornichet !
Loïck Peyron will be in Pornichet on Thursday and Friday to compete with 30 Corsaires, led by Alexia Barrier in the Tour de Fance à la Voile 38th edition. The french sailing legend from La Baule will bring his multihull experience to the team for the coastal and stadium races.
July 7th, 2015
A day of stadium racing in Green and White
After five short races on Fécamp’s race course, Groupama finishes leader of the day and leader overall. Spindrift takes 2nd in Stadium Racing and Grandeur Nature 3rd.
July 6th, 2015
Groupama wins Coastal race in Fécamp
After an amazing tacking battle at the bottom of the cliffs, Pierre Pennec and his crew onboard Groupama win the coastal race of Act 2 in front of CombiWest, and West Courtage Ecole Navale. Race leader Grandeur Nature Veranda finishes 4th and keeps the leadership.
July 5th, 2015
Unsettled weather prevents the fleet from scoring points
The Tour 2015 now moves to Fécamp, for Act 2
They have spent the day on the water to sail in Stadium racing, but in the end, none of the races they’ve started will count towards the ranking. In the new racing format, the competitors have to sail a minimum of two stadium races in one day to score points. And unfortunately today, for the last day of racing in Dunkirk, the wind only allowed them one race.
July 4th, 2015
A DAY OF EXHIBITION SAILING AS A WARM-UP FOR TOMORROW’S FIRST STADIUM RACES
The Diam 24s were all sailing today in Dunkirk although the results won’t count towards the overall ranking. With guests onboard, these exhibition regattas were a way to get into the swing of tomorrow’s first Stadium races.
July 3rd, 2015
Grandeur nature verandas grabs the first win of the tour 2015
Jean-Christophe Mourniac, Tim Mourniac and Pierre-Yves Durand win the first race of Act 1 in the 38th Tour de France à la Voile. They crossed the finish line of the coastal race off Malo-les-Bains (Dunkirk seaside) at 16.39 after more than four hours and a half of racing. Grand Nature Vérandas led the fleet most of the way to take the win one minute in front of Spindrift, with Corinthian team Vannes Agglo – Golfe du Morbihan finishing third just 31 seconds behind !
July 2nd, 2015
UNDERSTANDING THE RACING FORMAT
Tomorrow the twenty-eight Diam 24 fleet will start the first race of the Tour de France à la Voile 2015. They will be launched from 7am on the beach of Malo-les-Bains for the start of a 45 nautical mile long Coastal Race at 12.00. New boat, new concept, and new racing format. So how does it work?
July 1st, 2015
HEAT WAVE IN DUNKIRK
The beach of Malo-Les-Bains (Dunkirk’s seaside) was bustling with activity this Wednesday. A major part of France was hit by a heat wave, and crowds of people came down to the beautiful and endless sandbeach that stretches towards Belgium to get a chance to cool down in the water and enjoy the nice south-easterly breeze that was reaching 15 knots. The conditions were perfect to train on the race course, two days before the inaugural race of the Tour de France à la Voile. For its 38th edition, the popular French sailing event introduces a brand new format with the Diam 24 trimarans that are now all gathered in Dunkirk.
June 30th, 2015
THREE DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE TOUR DE FRANCE A LA VOILE KICKS OFF
The teams have started to arrive in Malo-les-Bains (Dunkirk’s seaside) on Monday, to get ready for the start of the 38th edition of the Tour de France à la Voile on Friday.
Cheminées Poujoulat (Bernard Stamm, Malo Bessec, Damien Guillou and Antoine Joubert) was the first team to launch their Diam 24 trimaran from the beach, and have gone through the pre-event procedures like scrutineering and paperwork. They are now ready to start training on the water before the inaugural race (coastal course) on Friday, some exhibition races on Saturday and stadium racing on Sunday.
May 28th, 2015
An exceptional line-up for the Tour de France à la Voile 2015
Today in Paris saw the grand unveiling of the Diam 24 line-up, which will participate in the Tour de France à la Voile this summer. Some 29 crews will set sail from Dunkirk on 3 July!
The great diversity of the line-up will enable onlookers to witness today’s top skippers and crews doing battle on an equal footing. As such, it promises to be a sumptuous spectacle along every one of France’s seaboards given the extent to which the new trimaran has captured the imagination during the pre-season events. Indeed the Diam 24 has already proven that it is the perfect medium for getting up close to the public audience and ensuring some hard-fought races. This very special edition of the Tour de France à la Voile is sure to mark an era and it promises us three weeks of truly gripping action!
July 27th, 2014
Diam 24 a new boat for the Tour de France à la Voile
Like the previous boats, the Diam 24 is one-design boat. But the true revolution that A.S.O chose to establish lies in the fact that the Diam 24 is a 7.25m trimaran !
The multihull revolution
After the Ecume de Mer (1978), the First 30 (1979 to 1981), the Rush Royale (1982 and 1983), the Sélection 37 (1984 to 1991), the JOD 35 (1992 to 1998), the Farr 30 (1999 to 2010) and the M34 (2011 to 2014), from next summerm 2105, the Diam 24 will be the new boat of the Tour de France à la Voile,
Like the previous boats, the Diam 24 is one-design boat. But the true revolution that A.S.O chose to establish lies in the fact that the Diam 24 is a 7.25m trimaran ! This sport boat was designed by VPLP and built in Port La Forêt (France) by Vianney Ancelin. Since its launch at the Paris Boat Show in December last year it has already seduced many renowned French sailors.
A circuit has also been created including various events like the Grand Prix Guyader, the Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale, and the Raid Emeraude in Saint-Lunaire. Michel Desjoyeaux, François Gabart, Vincent Riou and Sidney Gavignet are just some of the the first people who have shown their interest in this multihull.
A controlled budget for easier access to the event
The Tour de France à la Voile needed a new breath of life. For a few months, A.S.O has led a large survey with stakeholders from the sailing industry (skippers, crew members, project managers, institutions, partners…). They had three priorities : firstly, to offer a boat that would make the participation to the event much cheaper. Secondly, to choose a one-design boat which also has a circuit, which means a boat that has a life outside of the Tour de France à la Voile. « We wished to start from a blank page in order to have a maximum of opportunities, without closing any doors. The budget for taking part in the event quickly appeared to be the key point, as well as the desire of many competitors to move to multihull racing, for more speed and more spectacular show on the water. The Diam 24 costs about 55 000 euros ready to sail, which is one third of the cost of the M34, and it entirely fullfils the two objectives. It offers a perfect budget positioning, with the opportunity to attract a large range of teams, from the corinthian to the elite crew. For the top teams, it will be a complementery platform to their main projects, on an event that they enjoy, and that offers their partners great possibilities in multiple places, both on the race village and from an hospitality point of view, the Tour de France à la Voile being, through its format, a summer tour along the french coasts », declared Jean-Baptiste Durier rhis morning in Nice.
Closer from the public
The Diam 24 is a fun, fast and spectacular boat, and on top of that, it will sail closer to the public. It was one of A.S.O main objectives since they bought the Tour de France à la Voile in 2012. To reinforce the « show » aspect of the Tour de France à la Voile. The idea is to set an itinerary around France, with some iconic places of the French coast, like the « Château du Taureau », in Roscoff, or the island of Porquerolles near Hyères. « We will alternate two types of races in each stop. Some coastal races, on Day 1, that we can adapt depending of the weather conditions, and that will showcase the wonders of our coasts, and some inshore races, on Day 2 on a sailing stadium mode. Our will is the bring the show closer from the shore and from the spectators, and to create an entertainment program on land so that the public can understand what’s going on on the water, with a very well thought out visual and audio background. People like multihull sailing because it can be very spectacular. That’s also what guided our choice », said the director of the Tour de France à la Voile (name ?) The Diam 24 will have 3 or 4 crew onboard and can be lifted out of the water and dismantled in an hour only. From a logistical point of view, it is a perfect format for the Tour.
A mix of top sailors and corinthian sailors, the essence of the Tour de France à la Voile
The teams of the Tour de France à la Voile have welcomed the Diam 24 announcement with enthusiasm. They know this is the opportunity to revive the sporting aspect of the event, following on from the large reorganisation operated on land for the last two years (increase of the Race Village, creation of a set of publicity cars and of an entertainment hub on the beaches). Some key sailing figures who haven’t taken part for many years could consider coming back along the french coasts , like Michel Desjoyeaux, François Gabart, or Vincent Riou, who won everything this year on the Diam 24 circuit. « The future of sailing, in general, is the multihull. I am absolutely sure of that », explained François Gabart. And for Michel Desjoyeaux,« the objective is to have more boats and more sailors on the Tour de France à la Voile. The Diam 24 complies with the necessary flexibility on a mobile event along the French coasts, taking into account the timing priorities for the entertainment on land ! »
The Corinthians are also very intertested by the new series that should keep developing this year. Paul Adam, President of the Ligue Haute Normandie who initiated the Normandy-Acerel M34 campaign, who just won the Corinthian ranking this year, is supporting the Tour’s evolution :« The Tour de France à la Voile needed to be rejunevated. We are heading torwards a more attractive type of sailing, that is also a show for the spectators. The lower financial conditions will encourage the smaller teams to come back to the event ». The new course will be revealed during the Nautic – Paris Boat Show in december, as well as a few competitors already involved for the next edition. The objective is to offer a diverse fleet, gathering various families of sailing, olympic sailors, offshore sailors, professionnal crew members, and corinthian teams. The Tour de France à la Voile is en route towards its future on three hulls !
Quotes from :
Michel Desjoyeaux skipper :
« The Tour is a model in french crew handed sailing. Many young sailors have grown to top level racing and became pro after sailing on the Tour. Multihull sailing is clearly part of the french sailing and technological culture, and now it is finally going international ! It’s great gather the two and revive this major event. The objective is to have more boats and more sailors. The Diam 24 complies with the necessary flexibility on a mobile event along the french coasts, taking into account the timing priorities for the entertainment on land »
Vincent Riou, skipper of the 60’ monohull PRB :
« The Diam 24 is a light and fun sport boat. It’s full-on and it’s going to be a great show. I was looking for another boat on top of my 60 foot monohull. It’s an easy campaign to take on. The Diam 24 series has just started and it already attracts top people. And the Tour de France à la Voile is also an institution. I think the Diam 24 can rejunevate the event. It will be a great campaign to do the Tour on a multihull. I just love the idea ! »
Daniel Souben, skipper of Courrier Dunkerque 3 :
« We are at a time when the Tour has some difficulties despite the level of the competitors and the excellent media cover. We don’t have enough teams. So we can’t refuse the opportunity to rejunevate. The solution they found should allow attract many teams to the event and facilitate the mix of professionnals and corinthians. It will be a different format as we are going to lose the offshore legs. But it will bring some new competitors including a younger generation and some people from the multihull world. The Diam 24 in the Tour is a good thing, from a communication point of view, but also from the budget point of view. It’s definitely worth trying ».
Eric Hainneville, President of the Diam 24 class :
« The introduction of the Diam 24 as the new boat for the Tour de France à la Voile is a bit stressful for me, as a president of the Class. The bar is set high right from the start. We just want to be good enough so that no one is disappointed. As a sailor, it’s a fantastic project. I think it’s a recognition of the multihull as a proper racing platform. Sailing a multihull requires real sailing abilities. The America’s Cup helped a lot in this recognition. With Vianney Ancelin, we wanted a sensationnal boat, for a reasonnable price, simple and easily accessible. It was a real challenge. This boat will attract other types of sailors, both on the pro and on the corinthian side. It will give the Tour de France à la Voile a new dimension. I think it’s fantastic. There is a real mutual trust amongst us, the sailors, the class, and the race organisers ».
Nicolas Honor, project manager of Oman Sail :
« The fact that A.S.O is changing the boat is a good thing. Unfortunately today, the entries are decreasing every year on the Tour de France à la Voile. A.S.O had the courage to do something about it. Regarding Oman Sail, our project is more offshore sailing orientated, but we also have our MOD70 so the Diam 24 could be an interesting platform for us. We can readjust our omani sailors training program. We are more than 50% sure to do the Tour de France à la Voile again next year. But there are still some question marks because the Oman Sail program for next year hasn’t been established yet for the various circuits we are involved in. In brief, if we have an opportunity to do the Tour on a Diam 24, we will take it ».
Sidney Gavignet, skipper of Team Oman Sail :
« Moving to multihull is simply in the mood of our time. This change was necessary. To find a more affordable platform is logical considering the economic situation. I think the competition will be homogeneous. The big teams will prepare like big teams do and then we will have some sailors who don’t come from offshore sailing but from the sport multihull. I trust A.S.O to make the right choices ».
François Gabart, skipper of Macif :
« I did my first Tour in 2002 or 2003 and at the time I was sailing on Tornado. On the Tour I discovered offshore sailing, nightime racing, sailing with the tides and current… But I thought monohulls were a bit slow. AT the time I remember I told myself that it would be great to do it on small multihulls ! Therefore I think the evolution of the Tour de France à la Voile is very positive. And the future of sailing in general is multihulls. I bought a Diam 24 before even knowing it would be the new Tour boat. It’s an excellent boat, very accessible, both from a budget point of view and from a technical aspect. The Tour will be more popular, for the public and for the competitors. The mix has always been the Tour’s strength ! »
December 5th, 2014
Over thirty boats entered for the TFV 2015
It’s been four months since the finish of the last edition in Nice and the annoucement of the Tour de France à la Voile new boat, the Diam 24.