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    July 12, 2021 - 7:17 PM
    Good north-westerly wind, bright sun, pretty colors: the conditions were favorable and the spectacle awaited this Monday for the constructed courses of Erquy (Côtes d'Armor), disputed in front of the beach of Caroual. Winner of three of the five races of the day, Groupe Atlantic dominated the day, ahead of the always very consistent Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team , which remains leader in the general classification, and Royan Atlantique . Tomorrow, the sailors will meet for a 44-mile coastal raid, again in good conditions. The Breton leg of this 44 th edition keeps its promises.

    After a start to the Tour Voile marked by generally light weather conditions, the sailors were able to exploit the full potential of the Diam24 OD. The start of the first of the five races of the day was given at 12:15 pm. Under a bright sun and in a beautiful landscape, the public had a front row seat to enjoy the races, contested in a north-westerly wind of around fifteen knots.

    "It's nice to have the three crew members upwind and keep the boat moving at good speed"

    This favorable weather delighted the sailors. " The weather is fine, it feels almost like July, " smiles Luc Guimbertaud, a member of the Royan Atlantique crew , winner of two races today and solid third in the general classification. “ It was cool, we had fun today. It's nice to have the three crew members upwind and to keep the boat moving at good speed. None of us knew the Erquy lake, it's a great discovery. "

    Groupe Atlantic echoed a point to the leaders: “It starts from there! "

    Three victories, twice third: aboard Groupe Atlantic , Valentin Sipan, Aristide Gasquet and Aurélien Pierroz had an almost perfect day. “ It was the first really windy sailing on this Tour, it was a game-changer. We adapted well to come out of the good heats. We had a nice start, that helps. A point of resumption on the leaders, it is always good to take, it starts from there! », Analyzes Aurélien Pierroz. Groupe Atlantic is 7 points behind Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team in the general classification.

    Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team, the metronome

    Another great performance for the Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team crew , second today. In the lead since day one at Dunkirk, the Norman crew is showing remarkable consistency for the time being and has not made the slightest mistake. His worst result was a third place (on Diélette's built courses)! “ It is thanks to good consistency that the Tour will be played. It will not be won on the days won but it could be lost on the bad days ”, underlines the helmsman Jules Ducelier. “ Even on raids and rallies where things are moving a lot, we are always at the forefront. No unnecessary risk-taking: this logic has worked well from the start. "

    On the program tomorrow, a 44-mile raid starting and finishing in Erquy, including a passage in front of the high cliffs of the majestic Cape Fréhel.








    July 12, 2021 - 10:46 AM
    It is in a north-westerly flow of 17 to 20 knots (with gusts) that the Erquy built courses should be contested on Monday. After a start to Tour Voile marked by generally light weather conditions, the Diam24 OD will now be able to exploit their full speed potential. A nice spectacle in prospect in front of the beach of Caroual.

    The start of the first race of the day is scheduled for 12:15. It will be interesting to see which crews fare the best in the face of the changing conditions. In the lead since day one at Dunkirk, Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team is showing remarkable consistency for the moment, but their pursuers remain in ambush, ready to exploit the slightest misstep to grab valuable points. We will also be watching the female crew of Helvetia Purple by Normandy Elite , in full confidence after their great victory in the rally yesterday. The Breton leg of this 44 th edition of the Tour Voile exciting announcement!

    July 11, 2021 - 8:06 PM
    The Tour Voile crews took part this Sunday in the third rally of this 2021 edition, between Diélette and Erquy, the longest regatta ever contested in the Diam24 OD event. At the end of a day marked by unstable weather conditions and complex navigation, it was the 100% female crew of Helvetia Purple by Normandy Elite Team, led by Pauline Courtois, who clinched a very nice victory, just ahead Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team (which remains leader overall) and Groupe Atlantic. Tomorrow, the Diam24 OD will perform in front of Erquy, on constructed courses.

    The rally of the day confirmed it: the Tour Voile is an endurance test. Since the start of this 44th edition, on July 2 in Dunkirk, the sailors have continued without respite, and each day brings its share of difficulties. The menu was plentiful today with a 62-mile course between Diélette and Erquy (Côtes d'Armor), in a wind that was both light and unstable in direction, and the weather was not always summery, especially at the finish… After after its collision yesterday, the Normandy Youth crew were able to repair their float and take the start today. There were therefore ten Diam24 ODs entered.

    A delicate start

    It was shortly before 10am that the kickoff was given, in a very weak wind and an unfavorable current. From the outset, the sailors had to fight upwind to extricate themselves from Diélette. Under a popular sun, they then walked along the long and beautiful beaches of the west coast of Cotentin, including Sciotot, a spot well known to board sports enthusiasts. It was then necessary to determine the timing of the most opportune tack to start a long tack towards Jersey.

    Pass by Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands

    This decision was decisive for the rest of the events. It was still upwind, in a wind of around ten knots, that the boats set sail for Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands. The passage of the first course mark (Grosnez Point), at the northwestern tip of Jersey, made it possible to establish a first hierarchy. Five crews emerged once the island of Jersey had passed. Helvetia Purple by Normandy Elite Team, Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team and Royan Atlantique followed each other while Groupe Altantic and BE Brussels - Kidibul Powered by Flying Frogs were a little more out of the way in the west, on the same line. All these beautiful people made their way to the Minquiers, an uninhabited archipelago where a few fishermen's houses built on the main island serve as refuges.

    Helvetia Purple by Normandy Elite Team resists pressure from leaders!

    There were then twenty miles to go to reach Erquy. The game for victory was intense. Due to seriously complicating weather conditions (driving rain, risk of thunderstorms and weakening winds), the finish was judged at Cardinal Sud Les Justières, a few miles from Erquy. It was finally the crew of Helvetia Purple by Normandy Elite Team who won the day's race, with four fighters on board: Pauline Courtois, Lola Billy, Maëlenn Lemaître and Elise Leconte. A superb performance for one of the two 100% female crews of the Tour Voile 2021, which finished just ahead of the top two in the general classification, Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team and Groupe Atlantic. Appointment is made tomorrow for a day of courses built in Erquy. No respite, we tell you!









    July 10, 2021 - 6:42 PM
    After a disappointing day yesterday in the rally between Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and Diélette (8 th spot), crew Atlantic Group has re-mobilized by winning constructed course played this Saturday. Winners yesterday, BE Brussels - Kidibul Powered by Flying Frogs finished second, just ahead of Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team , leader in the general classification. The day was difficult for Normandy Youth who collided with Royan Atlantique during the third race of the day, and had to retire the rest of the day. Tomorrow the fleet will start for the third rally this 44 th edition, between Dielette and Erquy.

    The day after the rally from Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, and before going to Erquy tomorrow, the sailors of the Tour Voile met at Diélette for built courses. In front of the green cliffs of Cotentin, five races were contested in a very light and unstable wind once again, and a strong current. Reaction from Groupe Atlantic , another great performance from the Franco-Belgian crew, collision between two Diam24 ODs: here is what to remember from this lively day when everything was played out in the fifth and last race.

    Groupe Atlantic, winner of the day: “We will have to count on us until the end! "

    The days go by and are not alike for Groupe Atlantic, which after a disappointing eighth place yesterday, reacted perfectly by winning today. “ It's good for morale. We were keen to show that we will have to count on us until the end! », Emphasizes Valentin Sipan. “ We are there to live such days where we fight from start to finish, with lots of twists and turns. We responded well on the last race. We are going to prepare well for the rally tomorrow, there will be a lot of traps, we will have to be vigilant. N e are back in the game! "

    The Franco-Belgian crew on a good dynamic

    The crew of BE Brussels - Kidibul Powered by Flying Frogs , winner of the rally between Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and Diélette yesterday, confirmed its rise to power on Saturday with Yannick Lefebvre, Tom Pelsmaekers and Nicolas Ferellec on board today. . “ We narrowly missed the victory but we are still very happy with our day. We are still losing a little in the maneuvers so we have to be smarter than the others to compensate, ”underlines coxswain Yannick Lefebvre. “ We are starting to get to know each other and have more automation on board. Everything is more and more fluid so we manage to put more energy into the strategy and less into the technique. We must continue like this! » BE Brussels - Kidibul Powered by Flying Frogsgains a place in the general classification, in fourth position.

    Various fortunes for the Normans

    Third today, the crew of Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team confirms its good consistency and remains leader in the general classification, with 7 points ahead of Groupe Atlantic . Royan Atlantique , who completed the provisional podium, had a lively day, the victim of a collision with Normandy Youth on the third race. Royan Atlantique was able to take part in the two other regattas of the day, which was not the case for the young Normans, whose front of the port float was badly damaged. “Royan Atlantique was on starboard tack, we bore down to avoid them but I luffed a little too early and we got on their port rudder. The shock damaged our float», Says Noé Ackermann, skipper of Normandy Youth . Repairs will be carried out, hoping that they will allow the young crew to resume racing tomorrow. This Sunday, the third rally of the Tour Voile 2021 will take the competitors from Diélette to Erquy, a very complete 62-mile course, including a passage near Jersey.









    July 09, 2021 - 5:54 PM
    The second rally of the Tour Voile 2021 was rich in twists and turns. The strategic battle raged around the Cotentin, where very powerful currents prevail, especially in the well-known Raz Blanchard. The Belgian crew of BE. Brussels - Kidibul Powered by Flying Frogs notched their first victory in this 44th edition, less than a minute ahead of the solid leaders of the general classification, Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team. Royan Atlantique completed the podium, ahead of Normandy Youth. The day was complicated for the crew of Groupe Atlantic who had to settle for eighth place.

    The 2021 Tour Voile rallies keep all their promises! After the very beautiful stage between Le Havre and Saint-Vaast-La Hougue on Wednesday, today we still witnessed a magnificent spectacle to observe and fascinating to decipher from a strategic point of view. In a light wind, the crews progressed upwind and made numerous turns. Fortunately, they took advantage of a favorable current for the entire route.

    A passage in front of the second highest lighthouse in Europe ...

    The wind was a little weaker at the start of the day and it was finally at 11:27 am that the start was given. The Diam24 OD sailed towards Barfleur and passed in front of the Gatteville lighthouse. Built between 1829 and 1834, this 75-meter-tall building is the second largest lighthouse in France and even in Europe, behind that of Île Vierge (82.50 meters), in northern Finistère. The Gatteville lighthouse guides navigators through the dangerous passage of the Barfleur raz. It has as many steps as there are days in the year and as many windows as there are weeks. The sailors certainly did not have time to take an interest in these historical considerations, too busy choosing their positions on the water. The options diverged and the fleet therefore dispersed. Gone further offshore than its competitors, Groupe Atlantic,

    … And a tackle in the largest artificial harbor in Europe!

    The boats then progressed along the north coast of Cotentin and notably passed in front of the Cap Lévi lighthouse, more modest (28 meters high) but nevertheless charming. Still close-hauled, they then took the large harbor of Cherbourg. With an area of ​​around 1,500 hectares, it is the largest artificial harbor in Europe. At the exit of the Western Pass, the very inspired Belgians from BE Brussels - Kidibul Powered by Flying Frogs were in the lead.

    5 knots of favorable current in the "broth" of Raz Blanchard

    The crews then progressed towards the southwestern end of Cotentin and the formidable Raz Blanchard, located between the tip of La Hague and the Anglo-Norman island of Alderney. This passage is well known to sailors because it contains the most powerful currents in Europe. Fortunately, the Diam24 OD approached it on a veritable "conveyor belt", the favorable current sometimes reaching up to 5 knots. Enough to swallow the miles at a good pace.

    First victory for the Belgians, great operation for Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team, disappointment for Groupe Atlantic

    Due to a strongly weakening wind, the race committee decided to reduce the route to the cardinal Ouest La Foraine, in front of the Cap de La Hague. At the end of a race full of skill and experience, Arnaud Vasseur, Tom Pelsmaekers and Nicolas Ferellec (BE. Brussels - Kidibul Powered by Flying Frogs) won this rally. Barely 55 seconds later, Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team took second place and consolidates its leading position in the general classification by nine points, taking advantage of Groupe Atlantic's poor performance, only eighth today. and big loser of the day. Third in the day's race, Royan Atlantique made a very interesting operation, taking five points from Groupe Atlantic. Finally, we note the good performance of the young people of Normandy Youth,

    The general classification (before jury):

    1-Helvetia Blue by Normandy Elite Team - Clément Michel: 11 pts

    2-Atlantic Group - Clément Cron: 20 pts

    3- Royan Atlantique - Gaultier Tallieu: 23 pts

    4- Helvetia Purple by Normandy Elite Team - Pauline Courtois: 29 pts

    5- Be Brussels - Kidibul powered by flying frogs - Arnaud Vasseur: 32 pts

    6- Dunkirk Sailing - Louis Lengagne: 45 pts

    7- Normandy Youth - Noe Ackermann: 50 pts

    8- Young South Team - Oscar Pean: 44 pts

    9- Imagine For Margo - Margot Venom: 59 pts

    10- Emile - Benjamin Sternberg: 70 pts


    https://www.tourvoile.fr/actualites/


    THREE TYPES OF ROUTE

    The Rallies : The boats join two stopover towns by sea. The departure town is different from the arrival town.
    Raids : Course near the coast, lasting approximately 2 to 5 hours, with an arrival in the city of departure.
    Built courses: The fleet races on fast courses, between buoys. Each race lasts between 30 and 50 minutes. The boats go on several races during the day. The addition of the points scored for each race gives the classification of the day.
    TWO TYPES OF DAYS
    Rally days
    Stage days (raid and / or constructed course)
    Each day counts as one race in the general classification. The 1st scores a point, the 2nd 2pts… etc.

    The quarterfinal will oppose the 4th of the provisional general classification to the 3rd of the general classification which begins its quarterfinal with a bonus of 2 points.
    The first to reach 3 points goes to the ½ final.
    The loser will be ranked 4th in the Tour Voile 2021.

    The ½ final will oppose the winner of the ½ final against the 2nd of the provisional general classification which begins its ½ final with a bonus of 2 points.
    The first to reach 3 points goes to the final.
    The loser will be ranked 3rd in the Tour Voile 2021.

    The final will oppose the winner of the ½ final to the 1st of the provisional general classification which begins its final with a bonus of 2 points.
    The first to reach 3 points will be declared the winner of the Tour Voile 2021.
    The loser will be classified 2nd of the Tour Voile 2021.

    THE SUPER FINAL
    The first 4 boats in the general classification on the eve of the last day of racing (July 23) will qualify for the Super Final in match racing.


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    That looks like a rather great alternative to working all of July!

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