A Roaring Finish To La Solitaire du Figaro

Published on 02/09/2020

Macaire Appears To His 1st Stage Win Thursday Morning. Holding a lead of two.three nautical miles with 120 miles to make to the finish line of Stage 1 of the 51st La Solitaire du Figaro on the Baie de Saint Brieuc, a seemingly confident, composed Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF) could be on the threshold of his initially ever leg win of his decade of Figaro racing.


If Macaire’s margin was beneath threat yesterday evening when he led about the Fastnet Rock he has modulated his return leg, quickly spinnaker reaching, nicely. The 39 year old who races out of Saint Gilles Crox de Vie with the Group Vendée Formation, has sailed a textbook race, not least displaying ample speed through what has largely verified a drag race back across the Celtic Sea.

Passing the Scillies nowadays he was slowed and saw his margin reduce to just more than one particular mile, but the French Solo Offshore Champion of 2015 had doubled that in current hours.

Recognized as Le Marcassin (the boar) for his capability to push difficult beneath the major spinnaker in major winds, Macaire, has Alexis Loison (Région Normandie), 36, – who won Stage 1 into Plymouth in 2014 in second and Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire), 43, in third. Age and expertise appears to have prevailed therefore far, Loison has 14 participations and Le Cléac’h 11. Lois Berrehar, 26 and Tom Laperche, 23 are the ideal of the young guns in seventh and eighth who could but come very good tonight.

The ideal of the internationals is Briton Sam Goodchild (Leyton) in eighth poised 4 miles behind the leader, Swiss rookie Nils Palmieri (TeamWork) is tenth though Ireland’s Tom Dolan (Smurfit Kappa) is half a mile back in 11th.

Increasingly there appears the likelihood of a comparatively simple and fast re-entry into the Baie de Saint Brieuc. According to forecasters the breeze will make to 18kts for a finish which is anticipated to be some time soon after 0500hrs Thursday morning. The very good news for the chasing pack is that an raise in the SW’ly breeze will mount from the west and so compress the fleet.

Certainly climate routings this afternoon even recommend the prime 30 boats may well but finish inside one particular hour, which may well partially salve the tattered nerves of some of the prime hopes who had identified themselves deep in the fleet with major deltas as a outcome of the mixture of undesirable options produced through the initially night’s quite light winds and an out and back course which has largely been devoid of tactical solutions

The final evening will doubtless prove who can sustain their efficiency by means of the fog of fatigue and growing strain as the finish line approaches. At 642 nautical miles this has been a quite lengthy 3 and a half day test of speed, stamina and private management. And in the quite essence of La Solitaire du Figaro, there are definitely just 48 hours to recover prior to Stage two to Dunkirk through Wolf Rock

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