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11 hours ago, huey 2 said:

Phil Sharp is back racing.......and Sam Goodchild.     and Armel

All handily placed this morning, too. I expect, Sam will tack shortly.

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1 hour ago, yl75 said:

The Fastnet is the only mark (to leave on starboard), getting East of the scillies is a bit shorter, but who will get the wind first ?

They'd better speed up soon in the forecasted light S-SW wind, or they will be caught in the next calms, right at the Scillies. Never a good place to be in light weather.

It could be wise to stay well west of the Island's, even west of the separation zones.

Interesting, we'll see.

 

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The few boats that were becalmed well before the Scillies have escaped the worst, and all are now comfortably on their way to the Rock.

Looks like it will be a bit less comfy on the way back, with up to 20kn. hard on the wind, at least for a while. Good luck to them!

And sorry YL, my routing is by eyeball on Windy only, at the moment.

 

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Gonebe a tight finish, with Loïs just .3nm behind on Xavier, and 5 boats within 1nm.

Hard on the wind, with flucky winds in the lee of the land, there could still be a surprise.

Are you frogs awake yet?

 

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Such a crazy competitive fleet.  Imagine, after 500nm, you are 4.1nm behind the leader, oh and you are in 31st place!  

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MACAIRE STAYS COOL TO SECURE STAGE 1 VICTORY.

Published on 03/09/2020

Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF) crossed the finish line on the Baie-de-Saint Brieuc at 06:17:55hrs French time this Thursday morning to win the 642 nautical miles first stage of the 51st La Solitaire du Figaro. His elapsed time is 3 days 17hrs 55mins, finishing only 1 min 35 seconds ahead of second placed Loïs Bennehar (Bretagne CMB Performance). Alexis Loison (Région Normandie) completed the podium 7mins and 3 seconds after Macaire.

PS.

Complete finish rankings:

https://www.lasolitaire.com/en/rankings/live

 

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On 9/7/2020 at 10:09 AM, yl75 said:

The forecast shows the wind feeling up from the South, not sure why Armel is going that North

It's worked for him - he's horizon jobbed the fleet. 

 

I expect he'll arrive to Dunkirk looking fresher than when he left. 

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2 hours ago, yl75 said:

For those in tracker needs, leg 3 started today at 4pm CET, longest leg of this edition. 

https://lasolitaire.geovoile.com/2020/tracker/?leg=3

Phil Sharp has got out well. 

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Quite a split right now :

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And with this light wind, if they first arrive at the Raz Blanchard (North West point of the Cotentin thing, place in Europe with the strongest tidal current) at the wrong time, they will for sure not go through.

The time at which the current reverse direction (special word in English for that ? "renverse" in French) is at around 22:00 CET today :

https://marc.ifremer.fr/resultats/courants/modeles_mars2d_atlantique_nord_est/(typevisu)/map/(zoneid)/manga#visualisation_type0

And the next "renverse" at around 4am tomorrow.

(so current in the right direction from 22pm to 4am)

And no special mark to pass around there, so there should be quite a few options (like going South right after the cape or not)

 

 

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1 hour ago, yl75 said:

Indeed, and if he maintains that (still many hurdles on this leg), he could very well win the whole race

“If” he does would that be the first non french winner?  Epic to follow his path from afar. Seems like a great bloke too

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6 minutes ago, plugger said:

“If” he does would that be the first non french winner?  Epic to follow his path from afar. Seems like a great bloke too

He would apparently, they said something about him being the first non- French to win a leg on the last one too I think?

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2 hours ago, yl75 said:

Indeed, and if he maintains that (still many hurdles on this leg), he could very well win the whole race

If I'm not mistaken, La Solitaire du Figaro has never been won by anyone other than a French national, right? That would be a truly amazing effort indeed. 

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55 minutes ago, Sailbydate said:

If I'm not mistaken, La Solitaire du Figaro has never been won by anyone other than a French national, right? That would be a truly amazing effort indeed. 

 

Yes think so, and after this race, he will follow up on the JV Sodebo crew, quite a feast !

 

And in fact looking at below, don't think there has ever been a second or third non French either :

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solitaire_du_Figaro

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1 hour ago, yl75 said:

Yes think so, and after this race, he will follow up on the JV Sodebo crew, quite a feast !

 

And in fact looking at below, don't think there has ever been a second or third non French either :

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solitaire_du_Figaro

Depends on what you consider non-French. Dominque Wavre is Swiss, and he has done quite well before, he has placed 2nd twice according to that Wikipedia list. 

Damian Foxall won a stage in the late 90s, I believe 98 or so. He's Irish. Other than that, it's been pretty French. Sam certainly has a great chance to be the first native English speaker to crack the code. 

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10 hours ago, JonRowe said:

He would apparently, they said something about him being the first non- French to win a leg on the last one too I think?

And in the past Bouscholte a Cloggy.
1993 
Winner Fastnet Figaro leg, first foreigner ever to win a Figaro leg
 

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6 minutes ago, LeoV said:

And in the past Bouscholte a Cloggy.
1993 
Winner Fastnet Figaro leg, first foreigner ever to win a Figaro leg
 

I must have misheard them

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Interesting article below :

https://voilesetvoiliers.ouest-france.fr/course-au-large/solitaire-du-figaro/la-solitaire-du-figaro-armel-le-cleac-h-en-ballotage-defavorable-a-ouessant-2ceed4a0-f70e-11ea-842e-e20e80a5b71d

Saying they won"t have the current with them up to Sein, and some might have to anchor there (around 10m water)

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Armel and Eric Peron option (going through Molene "archipelago") seems to have paid off !

The current switch direction at around 5pm CET around Sein, difficult to see how all of this will develop ...

 

 

 

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I would not call that a lottery...

Eric Peron was 30th at the last mark, North West of Brittany. Armel Le Cleac'h was not in a much better place. The whole leading pack decided to take the Chenal de Fromveur, a "safe" passage, just East of Ushant. Armel and Eric (and a handful of others) saw an opportunity and cut short through the rocks around Island of Molène. You have to have balls; both on a tactical point of view and on a navigation point of view, through that minefield, after nearly 3 days of mostly sleepless solo sailing...

It paid off.

 

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To get an idea of the minefield around Molène :

fromveur7.jpg

(tidal current map) 

But the one that really pulled it out is Ellies! (not sure how), and probably not that many "coup" possible now until the arrival, but who knows... 

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Yann Elies is so interesting to watch.  Often he is ahead, sometimes he is all the way at the back, but rarely is he in the pack.  More often than not he is "dancing to the beat of his own drummer".  He makes bold moves and often if pays off.  Great for the spectators.  

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35 minutes ago, Laurent said:

And he is currently not only the leader of leg 3, but leader of the race.

But he hasn't shaken off, Sam Goodchild quite yet. Bit too early to break out that champagne! ;-)

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46 minutes ago, Fiji Bitter said:

Gonebe another pretty close finish, and with the wind increasing during the day most should finish within 5-30 min.

Armel should retain a healthy overall lead, or am I seeing double?

 

37 mn isn't that much, but Armel seems to have a good speed, he passed Eric Peron already, indeed should be close, but Sam also seems to have a good speed and Xavier Macaire as well ..

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6 hours ago, Fiji Bitter said:

Gonebe another pretty close finish, and with the wind increasing during the day most should finish within 5-30 min.

Armel should retain a healthy overall lead, or am I seeing double?

 

There is quite an interesting split going on at the moment with many of the front runners such as Sam and Xavier to the north and the bulk of the fleet in the middle, while three boats down south have found pressure and are going fast and moving into 1-2-3. Armel is towards the south of the middle group and going comparatively fast against his main rivals, this may literally be the critical moment in his whole campaign. Fucking fantastic racing. #Fijilovesthefigaro

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Poor Yan Elies... He led since the tip of Brittany more or less and fell in a hole. Everybody (well, not that quite dramatic, but still...) passed him to the right and to the left. I note that he is the ONLY one tha passed between Houat and Hoëdic islands West to East...

And the leg is highjacked by the 3 mavericks that decided to pass on the SOUTH of Belle-Ile... What a finish!

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On 9/14/2020 at 6:16 PM, plugger said:

“If” he does would that be the first non french winner?  Epic to follow his path from afar. Seems like a great bloke too

feel like such a prick...just checked back in after a few days away...bloody stitched the poor bloke up...shattered for him.  the jackel never ceases to amaze!...

 

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Disappointment for Fred Duthil!

Could have been a classic matchrace with just 10 minutes between the two, and all others at >1 hour. Duthil sailing away from the fleet and the Jackal following him, what a pity...

 

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