2019 Tour Voile: Renaissance Services bounces back to stadium victory
Stevie Morrison and the Oman Sail crew of Renaissance Services became the first team on the 2019 Tour Voile to win two finals when it took triumphed in the Act 2 Fécamp stadium final in France on Tuesday.
Its hard-earned second win comes after the disappointment of having to retire from Monday's 40-mile coastal race with rudder damage.
But rather than serve as a salve for the resultant slide down the general classification leaderboard, double Olympian Morrison admitted that Tuesday's win, its second after Saturday’s triumph in Dunkirk did not compensate for the disappointment of coastal race.
“If anything it makes it worse.” Morrison said. “But it happened and we showed what a great team spirit we have on the Renaissance Services crew today. We can put that away and come back and fight really hard. Today it was really, really hard just to make the final. But in the final I think we did a really nice job.”
Speaking after crossing the line on Tuesday, Morrison said, “We made a very nice move on the first downwind. After that we were in a very powerful position. It maybe helped that after Cheminées Poujoulat and Beijaflore, maybe, were not so focused on us because we had really fallen down the general classification. Maybe, we just sailed very well.”
Besides Morrison, Renaissance Services' crew comprises Quentin Ponroy and Abdul Rahman al Mashari. The trio pushed hard in the qualifying and lead its group in the early stages, going through to the eight-team final second of the four from its flight.
“I think we did not come into the Tour so full of confidence and so to have won two you think where you could be. Our option from here is to chip away. But there is no one in this fleet who stands out, there is a very good standard and you just need to keep plugging away,” added Morrison.
With Robin Follin’s Cheminées Poujoulat taking second and Beijaflore losing third to Team Réseau IXIO, Beijaflore’s fourth spot sees it heading to the next leg in Jullouville with its general classification lead cut to one single point. It has 239 points while Cheminees Poujoulat has 238. Team Réseau IXIO is third with 235 while Renaissance Services’ stadium win promotes it to seventh overall after lying 11th at the start with 215.
Oman Sail's other entry, EFG Private Bank Monaco, is ninth (214) while its all-women Sailing Arabia The Tour is 19th with 167. The all-Omani development team, Oman Sail is placed 22nd out of the 23 teams in fray.
The entire fleet of high-speed Diam 24 trimarans head to the third Tour Voile venue of Jullouville, near St Malo. The Tour concludes in Nice on July 21.