October 08, 2011

Fantastic day for Race for Water today! After announcing her partnership with UNESCO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the ambassador boat of the Multi One Attitude Foundation, led by skipper Steve Ravussin, takes the lead after three exceptional races.

Smooth teamwork and smart tactics

Today, Stève Ravussin and his crew won two races out of three, and one, even in front of Gitana Edmond de Rothschild Group. Remember that Gitana, skippered by Seb Josse, is technically faster and more powerful and sails off competition. “Fantastic teamwork today with precise maneuvers and good atmosphere onboard. I would particularly like to point out the exceptional tactics of François Morvan. He made the right choices at the right moment. We are very happy. We lead the provisional ranking, but there’s still one day to go!” says the Swiss skipper.

Even if the crew has changed since yesterday, the cohesion was very good. Remember that Seb Audigane had to leave the boat yesterday following a hand injury. We now know that he is recovering and doing well. His right index finger is injured. Fortunately the bone was not affected, and he will soon return onboard. In the meantime, Pascal Bidegorry came to the rescue. He is familiar with the boat as he was part of the crew during the Rolex Fastnet Race last August.

When asked about his decisive role onboard, François Morvan, 28 years old (the youngest crew after Loïc Leforestier) says modestly: “It’s a team effort. We are 8 on board and this victory is the result of a great team effort. We did a very good start today and it’s always easier to make the right decisions when you’re ahead. In this kind of race where the course is particularly short, the maneuvers make the difference. What matters in the choice of tactics is to facilitate the work of the crew by anticipating the lengths well before the buoys, to be sharp with the lay-lines and to be at the right place at the right moment.”

…As simple as that! See you tomorrow!

Results after the second day of racing:

1. Water Race for 52 points

2. Foncia 47 points

3. Veolia Environnement 47 points

4. Gitana Edmond de Rothschild Group 58 points (not ranked)

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