Tour de Force
July 20 th 2019 - 11:18
The Tour Voile alighted this morning in Nice for two days of Nautical Stadium Racing that will decide the fates of the 23 teams participating in this 17-day tour de force. Today is in fact the last day of competition before the Top 10 boats in the General Classification face the Super Final, where double points are on offer. Team Beijaflore, leaders of the general ranking, will look to give themselves as much breathing room as possible by stretching their six-point lead over Cheminées Poujoulat in second. Meanwhile the teams on Réseau Ixio – Toulon Provence Méditerranée and Golfe du Morbihan Breizh Cola, in third and fourth place respectively, will continue their fight for a podium finish.
Guillaume Pirouelle of Team Beijaflore was cool and collected heading into racing today: “It’s good to arrive in Nice in the lead. Like last year, the Tour will be decided during the Super Final where the breeze will be a little weird, we expected that. We’re not putting ourselves under pressure. We’ll race our race and we’ll see in the Super Final if we need to adopt a specific strategy.”
As always, this Nautical Stadium day will see the teams being split into two groups with a series of qualifying races taking place just off the bustling Promenade des Anglais. The top four boats from each group will proceed to today’s final and the last chance to gain maximum points.
Conditions are fairly light in Nice, with a breeze of five to six knots expected to accompany the boats through the afternoon of racing.
Renowned French offshore sailor and four-time winner of the Transat Jacques-Vabre Jean-Pierre Dick was present at the opening press conference for Act 7 this morning, and will be following proceedings closely this weekend: “I always love being here at this grand finale event in Nice. As a native of Nice I’m delighted to see this type of regatta in the city. There’s a real adrenalin rush with the Tour Voile and it’s so competitive. It’s a different aspect of sailing with respect to offshore events and it’s great for spectators to have the racing take place so close to the beach. It’s an event not to be missed!”