Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Another hard day on the Tour

Photo © Jean-Marie Liot / TFV07
Update from the Tour
The thirty competitors of the Tour de France Sailing Race sailed only one leg today. The Race Committee had to quickly end the race because of the difficult weather conditions. Toulon Provence Méditerranée – COYCHyères (Fabien Henry) is still at the front of the overall ranking.
The wind stayed between 15 and 18 knots during the departure but it got stronger and stronger toward the end of the leg. Christine Briand, head of the Race, explains: “the weather conditions were hard to handle; the wind went up to 33 knots. Even though the boats can sail in a force-8-wind, it simply became too dangerous for the sailors and their boats”. The Race Committee sent the Mumm 30s back to the harbour after the first leg for safety reasons.