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La solitaire du Figaro 2019

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Start of the first leg this Sunday at 16:25 (CET)

The start will be live on the site and FB (and tv fr3 ) :

https://www.lasolitaire-urgo.com/en/

First leg :

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Any bets for this first leg ?

For me :

1 : Le Cleach

2 : Le Pape

3 : Ellies

 

 

 

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LEG 1 EXPLAINED – A LOOK AT THE WEATHER

Published on 01/06/2019

At the start and just after, the south-westerly wind will be around 10-12kts but it will be quite unstable. High tide is at 1650hrs at Pornichet and so the fleet will be racing in the first of the ebb tide. At around 2230hrs on that first night, a not very active front is likely to bring a mix of very light unstable air with some stronger puffs. Some light rain showers are possible. But after that the wind will veer to the west then north-west building to 15kts.

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Around dawn the leaders should be at the Bourgenay buoy after about 57 testing miles of sailing south down the Vendée coast. After dawn the wind looks set to drop to around 10kts moving to the west and then south-west. But from this mark a more even rhythm should be established on what amounts to about 130 miles out through the Raz de Sein. A calm around Belle Ile seems likely but the leaders should be at the Raz de Sein between 0200hrs and 0400hrs Tuesday morning. Low water here is just after midnight.

Timing off the point of Brittany will see the lateral splits in the fleet open. The choice here is going more north to use the rising, positive tide in the Chenal de Four or to go further west to pass outside the Ushant TSS. All the time here the breeze will start to shift more to the south as an Atlantic depression comes in, the breeze building to more than 20kts.

 

Strategically the next choice is west of, or inside the Scilly isles. As the wind rotates more to the north-west and north, the option to get west early might be interesting. From the Scilly isles on Tuesday evening there are still 150 miles to the Fastnet and a further 50 miles in to Kinsale. Along the Irish coast it looks light during the night of Wednesday into Thursday and this may allow some compression, and a chance for a bit of a catch up for anyone left behind on the Celtic Sea. But nonetheless, expect some significant deltas when the fleet are finished. This first leg, four nights and three full days at sea, will punish small mistakes.

https://www.lasolitaire-urgo.com/en/news/view/leg-1-explained-a-look-at-the-weather

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On 5/31/2019 at 2:56 PM, yl75 said:

Start of the first leg this Sunday at 16:25 (CET)

The start will be live on the site and FB (and tv fr3 ) :

https://www.lasolitaire-urgo.com/en/

First leg :

ParcoursA5_Eng_Plan_de_travail_1_copie_2

Any bets for this first leg ?

For me :

1 : Le Cleach

2 : Le Pape

3 : Ellies

 

 

 

Ellies looks a good bet

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Live start :

 

 

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Adrien Hardy in the lead, Mich Dej third !

Hardy didn't find any spnsor, he is racing under his own budget.

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Desjoyaux now in the lead! didn't take him long to get back in the groove ..

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The Professor at Work

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Nice 70 degree windshift experienced at southern most mark.
And 2 boats on a Southern option.
The Asym would open more tactical sailing was the hope from the Class.

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ha, a rooky in the lead, advance almost 2 hours. Tactical software seems to missed that lane he sailed in. This does not happen much that a rooky is in the lead after more then 24hrs of racing. Still thinking the tracker must be broken :)

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Not only he is a bizuh (rookie), but also an amateur and no sponsor like Hardy.

I guess he also managed very well the tidal current going north of Belle Ile.

Now let's see if the current around the Raz de Sein will play in his favor or not, didn't check that, but for the time being, he should get the wind earlier than the others.

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And still in the lead with a break in the fleet around an island (Belle Ile), Northerns got it right.
If the leader Lemenicier is lucky he catches the end of a tide somewhere and really starts to gain, together with the first in fresh breeze. Nice.
And when will Ryants flyer will pay off, if ever...

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Just checked the tides tables, Lemenicier  should be fine and benefit from a nice lift.

For the others it might be tight to reach Sein before the flow reverse at around 6PM.

Once you got the tide against you it gets really hard to force the passage there, you can have up to 5 knots of tide if not more, a the seastate can be quite challenging...

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Ellies now in the lead and Lemenicier 19th !

What happenned to him ? He mentioned he was a bit ill.

But less impressive on the tracker, leminicier has taken a very east option, but still the Northest boat.

 

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Well, position is done by distance to finish and doesn't take in to account VMG to windward on a beat.  The wind just veered taking the fleet from a reach to a beat. He was carrying less boat speed for a while and was first to get the header, whilst the fleet further out west carried on reaching. So, he might not have been doing so bad whn he tacked to cross....

 

But, just now he's seems to be heading for port, sailing directly away from the fastnet rock

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Yes, looks like he forgot to see where the fleet would go, and went in way to close inshore. Maybe he had a strategy and that did not pan out.
Ruyant with a nice comeback with his flyer. Maybe top ten later on.
He is sailing without his alarms going of all the time for the nearby boats, must have had a better napping pattern if they sleep et all.

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Cremer's transition to Figaro is quite impressive at the moment.

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Alain Gautier has taken an even more eastward option, only one going east of ouessant

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TSS will be a nice obstacle. Seems wind direction in the tracker is a bit off, Windyty seems better.

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Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF) said: “It is pretty bumpy and very wet. The sea is quite big but the boat is not too bad. We are very much in the middle of the course and so far from the coast and we still have a long way to the Fastnet. I have my waypoint set and that is 190mn so that is far enough! We are in the shift and we should tack north from here soon and make a fairly close tack to the Fastnet.

“Our wind files taken before we started are not up to date now compared with the conditions we are seeing. We use the weather we are given on the VHF and usually it should improve and calm down a little from noon. When we left Nantes we did not really see gusts at 25 knots on this stage and it is not easy to live like this aboard a Figaro 3.
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Is that new in the rules ? Or just his personal choice/situation ?
I remember the debate of allowing weather faxes in the class :)

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16 hours ago, heavym210 said:

Armel, ouch!  His move North really didn't pay off.

Rolling the dice, heading inside the Scilly's. 

The forecast seems to show WNW for today... can the fleet lay Fastnet in one tack? 

At present speeds they won't reach fastnet until midday tomorrow when the breeze looks to go quite unstable again. 

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The forecast on windy with the AROME model looks really strange, for instance :

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Patience, praying and working your ass off and by in a lucky spot will lead to victory :)

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Great fun to watch the tracker and the game is pretty fun too. No US sailors, thot there might be one or two. Looks like a good 5 or 7 competitors over 45 or so. Too bad to hear the boats are significantly less comfy than the 2's....makes dreaming about them less fun. A 1030 then.

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They hoped with the Fig2 which was spacious, to attract more then Figaro sailors. Was not a success. So probably market friendliness was low on the list.
1030 is nice too...

Like the labels with current speed, 1 hr and 4hr. Easier to pick trends between the different groups.
And 2 have said, enough of this, I am going to sail shortest route till I know what the wind is doing :)
 

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Need to also consider Figaro 3 is more intended to be a direct feeder now for imoca. As a diff pathway than Class 40. 

The interior struts that also serves as line channels require more careful movement inside the boat, but it is structure carrying loads and a design style more common in new imoca builds and prob a larger mental diff for folks used to whalebones/stringers/bulkheads. 

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still looks a lot more spacious than a mini.  And adjusting rudder toe angle is VERY common, point of sail and wind velocity changes things a lot. Maybe less so for the scows but that is just conjecture. Classe Mini outlawed it for Series boats a few years ago. 

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What exactly are the adjustment criteria? Are they just trying for least drag on the weather blade?

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Typically on a small boat you're looking to find that balance 0°-3°-7° on your upwind legs to have just enough lift - same on the downwind legs using assymetrics. Trying to turn as much of the leeway/side pressure to boat speed as possible without creating so much drag it slows you down. 

Every boat every sea state every sail trimmer is diff. With the Figaro 3 foils it is even more sensitive because how much RM it generates is affected by waterflow more than a form stability, ballast. 

There's a lot of young ppl who will be able to keep up with the technical old timers for a day or two on pure boat speed when they're manually helming. But when they'll sleeping for 30 minutes they'll lose a lot of time to someone working smarter not harder. 

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   Back in the old days we would do that (on one rudder boats) by just mainsail trimming. Why do 2 rudder boats have to change the alignment?

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3 minutes ago, longy said:

   Back in the old days we would do that (on one rudder boats) by just mainsail trimming. Why do 2 rudder boats have to change the alignment?

You don't have to. It is just faster because you're not repowering the pain. 

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40 minutes ago, Miffy said:

There's a lot of young ppl who will be able to keep up with the technical old timers for a day or two on pure boat speed when they're manually helming. But when they'll sleeping for 30 minutes they'll lose a lot of time to someone working smarter not harder. 

I suspect you have to be really good at helming to beat a state of the art pilot for any length of time. Common to see these guys hiking or trimming instead.

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Ppl may be not revealing their cards but initial response is it is hard to sail fast on AP settings right now. It could be something to be fixed further down the road with better setups and firmware updates but ppl like helming more this season. 

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Humans are always faster driving because they can read/drive the waves. Stan Honey wrote a custom program to drive his auto to polars on his Cal 40, I haven't heard of any others (esp stock) auto's that can do that.

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honey writing his stuff was almost 20 years ago. Just read up on B&G and NKE race pilots.

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turning in to an epic first leg. Great opener. Quite spread but still tight. 

I guess when they designed this leg they had in mind a broad reach showing off the faster boat speeds leaning on the foil. But the beat has really opened up the tactical considerations, but without too much spread that the entre race is over after 1 leg. 

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3 hours ago, LeoV said:

honey writing his stuff was almost 20 years ago. Just read up on B&G and NKE race pilots.

Just checked both again. B&G mutters about polar wind angles but did not give details. NKE website is waay out of date, no mention of polars at all. Educate me, please?  I know B&G have added sensors to sense motion/heave/pitch etc.  So at best B&G would sail polar wind angle & skipper would have to downrate polars for sea state or have several different sets of polars for sea states?

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3 hours ago, LeoV said:

honey writing his stuff was almost 20 years ago. Just read up on B&G and NKE race pilots.

Yup. The surf modes and wind over ground modes NKE and Desjoyeaux developed were a game changer and NKE settings are easier to find various modes and quickly switch your setup. 

The BG H5000 probably has more development reserve capability given younger age & more processing power but really needs a boat programme to spend the time to analyze the data and update the polars with a laptop. 

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19 minutes ago, longy said:

Just checked both again. B&G mutters about polar wind angles but did not give details. NKE website is waay out of date, no mention of polars at all. Educate me, please?  I know B&G have added sensors to sense motion/heave/pitch etc.  So at best B&G would sail polar wind angle & skipper would have to downrate polars for sea state or have several different sets of polars for sea states?

Both B&G H5000 and the NKE multigrpahic have free manuals you can download and look into if you're curious and interested. 

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Damn what a night, the West group went into light winds, while the East group just kept wind...
And the leaders could be lucky enough to round Fastnet with just enough wind.
As the site puts it;
But the forecasts suggest the winds are more likely to move more to the left, or west of north, which could allow a small comeback for the offshore pack. But for the final ‘sprint’ along the rugged Irish coastline the breezes look set to be fitful, and in strong tidal currents, no lead will be safe until the finish line in the bay at Kinsale.

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The easterly pack should round fastnet before the wind backs.

I think the next shuffle with be the shut downs in light offshore winds and stong tides around the Irish headlands. 

Should be a cracking final day!

What's their ETA?

 

Edit: as I type the leading three boat drops to 2 knots and the leading 5 all below 5 knots!

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Armel has better speed (wind) than the leaders right now, but quite far from the pack .., anybody knows the current situation/timing around the Fastnet ?

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Armel has done well. Seemed to avoid this last shut down.

The leaders are back up to 7 knots now. I'm not sure if they tacked over on to port during the shutdown, or just varied heir course on starboard. I guess we'll tell when they round the TSS.

Anyway, look like they have enough to get around fastnet for the moment.

The westerly group is in trouble though. Even Yann and Xavier who had held on to good speed have been headed and down to 2-3 knots. Possibly in the hole the easterly pack were experiencing? 

 

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Looks like the westerly pack could be better off going east of the TSS now.

And it would be great if the "0 time forecast" wind was showing measures and not forecasts from 6 hours ago or something, or to have wind force and angle part of the boats data.

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Yeah, Windy is better for that.
And is overall time off all legs not deciding the winner ?

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54 minutes ago, LeoV said:

Yeah, Windy is better for that.
And is overall time off all legs not deciding the winner ?

Yes, it is overall time (with possible penalties and bonifications) :

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18 CLASSEMENT
18.1 Classement d’étape au temps
Un classement sera établi à l’issue de chaque étape selon le temps de course, après application des
éventuelles pénalités ou bonifications.
18.2 Classement général au temps « La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro »
a) Définition
Au terme de l’épreuve, le classement général sera établi par addition des temps de chaque étape. Le
bateau ayant le plus faible temps cumulé sera déclaré vainqueur.
b) Egalité
Application de l’annexe A 8 des RCV, en utilisant les places des bateaux dans les 4 étapes.
18.3 Classement Bénéteau des bizuths (classement au temps)
Un classement au temps des skippers participant pour la première fois à l’épreuve sera établi au terme
de chaque étape. Ce classement sera fait selon les temps de course après application des éventuelles
pénalités ou bonifications.
a) Classement général
Au terme de l’épreuve, un classement général sera établi par addition des temps de chacune des
étapes. Le bateau ayant le plus faible temps cumulé sera déclaré vainqueur.
b) Égalité
Application de l’annexe A8 des RCV comme suit : Utilisation des places des bateaux dans les 4 étapes.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hg3mETZtnNzw2ByDY8UkMo-X56kf1eVZ/view

(the "skipper area" from the site menu, leads to a google drive folder with all the official documents, available to anybody apparently)

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The "old guard" is doing pretty well; right after the Fastnet rock:

Michel Desjoyeaux 6th

Loick Peyron 7th

Alain Gautier 12th

Armel Le Cléac'h 14th

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25 minutes ago, Laurent said:

The "old guard" is doing pretty well; right after the Fastnet rock:

Michel Desjoyeaux 6th

Loick Peyron 7th

Alain Gautier 12th

Armel Le Cléac'h 14th

Putting Armel in the "old guard" is a bit tough ! :)

He would be more in the "middle" one, with Ellies and Beyou.

And clearly that middle one is not doing as well as the old one (on this leg...)

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First time I ever tried the VR and I'm 30 hrs behind now doing 2 kts.....pretty darn accurate representation of my racing skills to be fair! Conrad hanging in there...pretty decent result hope he's pleased.

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5 minutes ago, vikram said:

First time I ever tried the VR and I'm 30 hrs behind now doing 2 kts.....pretty darn accurate representation of my racing skills to be fair! Conrad hanging in there...pretty decent result hope he's pleased.

I'm about 4 hours from finishing in the VR, would have been a lot better if I hadn't parked up on the French coast after the first mark. 

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Richomme got it, a 21 yr old rooky is 2d  Tom Laperche, very close. The live video was fun to watch.

It was this close, though its a telelens effect making them look seconds apart.
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nice pic, Justine Mettraux, first woman, 14th

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Some tidbits;

The delighted Richomme crossed the finish line just 1 minute and 13 seconds ahead of the rookie Leboucher who becomes the first rookie to finish on a stage podium since Morgan Lagraviere in 2011. Pierre Leboucher (Guyot Environment), who represented France in the 470 at the 2012 Olympics in England and finished sixth, took third just two minutes and 55 seconds behind Richomme. “I was not tired too much through the race but I am now, for sure, after the Fastnet these kids pushed me hard,” Richomme laughed.

Alan Roberts
It is different now using the AIS because you only have range of two or three miles, less than you can see with your eyes. On the Figaro 2 (previous boats) you could see 15 or 20 miles and you could see what people ahead and behind were doing and so that is very different.”

I am curious if there are more changes then a limited AIS, is there weather info limits ?
Dad and grandfather of Leboucher raced in the predecessor of the Figaro...

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It is different now using the AIS because you only have range of two or three miles, less than you can see with your eyes. On the Figaro 2 (previous boats) you could see 15 or 20 miles and you could see what people ahead and behind were doing and so that is very different.”

Is the limited AIS a new rule with the race?   It would make a big difference in routing for weather, if you could see what boats far ahead were doing. 

But as for the head to head racing, it certainly makes a psychological difference if the boat 1 mile ahead of you is gaining or losing on you, but does it make a psychological difference if the boat 15 miles ahead of you is gaining or losing?

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Leg 2 start has been delayed by 4 hours, will be 6pm CET.

However the course is kept as planned (round Isle of Man, that part already shortened a few times).

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I live on the Marina here in Kinsale, its class to have them all around and meet some of the legends. I went out in my dinghy to meet Tom Dolan as he came in. These boats are insane. They've changed the course, with a briefing at 1130 UT. Looks like the Isle of Man is no longer on the course. 

I'm trying to upload photos, but it's not working at the moment. 

 

 

 

 

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I might head out to the start line on Zora to get some photos later on. Or a RIB

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Yes, leg 2 new course :

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Not the first time the round isle of Man has been canceled, Desjoyaux wanted to go there, not this time again..

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A pity, now all action again in the English Channel.
Morvan is not starting, he did some crash testing for Beneteau so though he finished, boat is to damaged.

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20 minutes ago, LeoV said:

A pity, now all action again in the English Channel.
Morvan is not starting, he did some crash testing for Beneteau so though he finished, boat is to damaged.

He's still in the marina at the moment, swapping bow sprits. 

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Collision between Alain Gautier and Benjamin Schwartz at the start, Alain Gautier was the one at fault apparently (he has damaged to one foil and a hole in the hull, going sraight to Roscoff), Benjamain Schwartz back in Kinsale (damage to the bowsprint and the bow) :

 

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LES EXPLICATIONS D’ALAIN GAUTIER

Publie le 09/06/2019

Après une collision avec le Figaro Action contre la faim mené par Benjamin Schwartz, Alain Gautier abandonne la 2ème étape de La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro et fait route vers Roscoff.

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Peu avant que le départ de la 2ème étape de La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro de Kinsale à Roscoff ne soit lancé, Alain Gautier à bord de son Figaro Bénéteau 3 Merci pour ces 30 ans se positionnait sur la ligne. Concentré sur ce placement et pensant que le dernier bateau croisé était le dernier, Alain n’a pas vu le monotype Action Contre la Faim mené par Benjamin Schwarz. Le bout dehors de Benjamin a heurté violemment le foil tribord d’Alain, foil qui, sous ce choc violent, a découpé le puits.

Alain fait route vers Roscoff où l’attend David Forveille, son préparateur et des équipes du chantier Bénéteau afin d’effectuer, dans la mesure du possible, les réparations nécessaires, dans les temps impartis, pour être au départ de la 3ème étape.

« Grosse tristesse. Désolé, désolé pour Benjamin ! Je ne l’ai pas vu alors que je me positionnais sur la ligne. Résultat, cette collision qui m’oblige à faire route directe vers Roscoff et à abandonner l’étape. Mais, au-delà, de mon cas, je suis désolé pour Benjamin Schwartz, qui a fait une super 1ère étape. Mea Culpa. J’espère qu’il va pouvoir repartir vite. »

Explanations from Alain Gautier (not yet on the English version) , but he was indeed the one at fault.

(Gautier was on port tack and didn't see Benjamin who was on starboard tack)

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I blagged a spot on the official media boat, so we were really close to the action at the start line

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Wow, that is a good photo, Alexis Courcoux is a new  name for me.

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53 minutes ago, Zora said:

I blagged a spot on the official media boat, so we were really close to the action at the start line

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Smashing start from Alan!

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17 hours ago, LeoV said:

Wow, that is a good photo, Alexis Courcoux is a new  name for me.

I took that one, but Alexis was on board as well

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Nice, are you in the business ? Did see the same one (I know now not the same one) on the photo page... so I thought it was him, sorry.

Meanwhile the racing is interesting again.
 

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Video from Alan, showing the ups and downs of the epic first leg:
Front page worthy?

 

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2 hours ago, LeoV said:

Nice, are you in the business ? Did see the same one (I know now not the same one) on the photo page... so I thought it was him, sorry.

Meanwhile the racing is interesting again.
 

I used to be, but now i just focus on the vlog. when the time comes, i'll do it travelling. 

 

I should probably have watermarked it :)

 

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Conrad's first leg :

 

 

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Cécile Laguette, T Ruyant and Martin Le Pape, the three retired from this leg due to leaking foil boxes

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Looks like the boats are being tested, 35 knt of wind, averaging 12 knots boatspeed, jumping from wave to wave.
Dropping out because of leaks is shit, engineers to the drawing boards please.

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Dropped of now and going easterly. The main pack have transitioned to a beat... it's going to be a light and tricky approach to the needles. Tide will pay a big factor. 

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Alan Roberts doing very well now, 7th and +5 from previous ranking, I guess he kept the westerly longer.

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The first solitaire with the F3s was always going to be a huge test. No-one pushes harder than a french guy in a Figaro trying to beat another french guy in the figaro next to him. They could have designed and built something 300kg heavier but then there would be nothing but complaints about how much slower the boats would be. I think Beneteau and VPLP have done a pretty good job considering the briefing.

Back to the race, I was really hoping Alan Roberts could convert his shorter route into a top 10 position but with the wind veering to ENE he will struggle, his best hope might be to grab a lift off the next headland.

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But seriously... why are there so many black boats on the tracker? There's two of each colour, except black, where there is ten! 

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37 minutes ago, Mozzy Sails said:

But seriously... why are there so many black boats on the tracker? There's two of each colour, except black, where there is ten! 

Good point, especially with an almost black sea !

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You can change the sea from black (sat) to blue (map) or white (navigation) which helps. 

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Be interesting to see if the split that Hardy took south early will pay off when the bulk of the fleet gybe south to join him.

He made a ballsy call staying out in the channel appraoching the Needles and it paid off massively - rounding 2nd. Currently listed as 24th - but feel that this is the software not being aware of the split he has chased. Time will tell. 

Wish the tracker was a little better - both resolution and functionality seem a liitle downgraded. Wind overlays are just poor. Tidal stream would be a nice overlay......

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A tidal stream overlay would indeed be great, for the wind Meteo Consult is the official partner, so I guess they cannot use windy overlay (which georacing used in previous races), but indeed they could have a better display with Meteo consult data.

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Hardy up to 2nd.......

Fleet compressing slightly. Will be a boatspeed test after the mark. Fetching back on port, and will either be out in tide or hugging coast to get back east, though do not have forecast. 

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Impressive racing from Richomme so far, and Hardy. I always hated the TSS, but it makes it more interesting.

At 1 day 23 hour Richomme did some weird move, tide and wind related I reckon....

And Beyou not sending tracker info, could be the dark horse, he was in the front.

Light winds coming up, and this is home turf for Le Cléac’h’, the Bay of Morlaix.

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Hardy really impressive with his options.

Beyou's satellite beacon doesn't work, but he is in the leading 10 pack :

 

(and Armel must be quite pissed ..)

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Richomme (and Hardy even more) getting richer at the moment.

At the Portsall mark Adrien Hardy was about ten minutes ahead of Yoann Richomme with third placed Xavier Macaire 38 minutes adrift. Jeremie Beyou who is now appearing on the tracker rounded fifth, just ahead of his long time friend and rival Armel Le Cleac'h

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On 6/11/2019 at 12:14 AM, LeoV said:

Looks like the boats are being tested, 35 knt of wind, averaging 12 knots boatspeed, jumping from wave to wave.
Dropping out because of leaks is shit, engineers to the drawing boards please.

What kind of a leak and volume of water causes a drop out?  

Fittings? Gasket? Caulking? Space & leverage?

Teething issues.

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11 minutes ago, Parma said:

What kind of a leak and volume of water causes a drop out?  

Fittings? Gasket? Caulking? Space & leverage?

Teething issues.

From what I understood it's these damn foil boxes again, for them to drop out it must be quite significant,

Also they are high up and not very far  near the electronics so you can guess what happens when water starts pouring in.

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And dropping out also means having time to to the repair for the next leg, and potentially a leg win. Leg 3 start is next Sunday

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Hardy , arguably he sneaked in front of Gildas Mahe with that cutting of the corner.. in overall standing he can loose around half an hour without much pain.
But Richomme... was it a bag of clothes or a big sail... And one minute late or substantial. Damn rules. He has a lead of more then 2 hrs overall.

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Another key factor which has been mentioned time and again by top skippers during the stops is that the game has changed completely because of the reduced range of the AIS - the radar based safety tracking system which allows marine traffic to be monitored.

When previously the antenna on the Figaro Beneteau 3 gave a range of 20 miles, on the new version boat it is more like three. So being able to monitor the fleet and cover the moves of key rivals is no longer possible.

We are back to the (good old) days when the only information as to fleet positions are those radioed from the race direction boats, given only as a fleet placing and distance from leader in terms of miles to the next waypoint or finish.

https://www.lasolitaire-urgo.com/en/news/view/game-changer

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