Groupama clinched a home victory on Saturday in the Bretagne in-port race as they closed in on an overall victory in the Volvo Ocean Race.
The French waters of Lorient welcomed the teams of the Volvo Ocean Race for the Bretagne in-port race on Saturday.
With three point scoring opportunities remaining, home favourite Franck Cammas was looking to move within touching distance of victory with his French entry Groupama.
Puma, Camper and Telefonica were not planning to make it easy for Groupama though as they targeted overall victory themselves.
Canper rounded the first mark in the lead.
The fleet headed downwind to the second mark with Camper narrowly ahead of Groupama.
But the French were relegated to third as Puma made their move.
However, Cammas soon steered Groupama back into second by the third mark.
Camper continued to lead the fifth mark, but Groupama found the wind to steal a vital win for Cammas and Groupama.
Barring a slip-up in the last stage from France to the final port in Galway in Ireland, Cammas should become only the second French skipper to take the overall trophy.
Lionel Pean won in 1985-86.
Cammas leads by 25 points from the U.S. entry Puma and the Americans need to win in Ireland and hope that Cammas to finish last for that gap to be bridged.
The six boats leave on France Sunday for the 485-mile leg to Galway.
An in-port race takes place there on July 7th, completing the nine-month, 39,000-nautical mile race.
Groupama close in on Volvo Ocean Race winSunday, July 01 2012