Solitaire du Figaro
The Solitaire du Figaro ended Thursday evening in Saint-Nazaire, after 2,500 miles and just over 14 days of racing.
If the fourth and last stage, between the bay of Morlaix and Saint-Nazaire, was won by Pierre Leboucher, it is indeed Pierre Quiroga the big winner of this Solitaire XXL.
Second of the 1st stage, winner of the next two and 9th of the last, the skipper “Macif 2019” dominated this 52nd edition.
The Mediterranean, in a state of grace, was fast at all speeds, he knew how to attack wisely to gain miles and keep his opponents at bay.
Nevertheless, he had a hard time because Xavier Macaire, winner of the 1st stage, and Tom Laperche, still placed, had not come to make up the figures: Macaire 2nd and Laperche 3rd completed this pretty podium.
This edition with four real stages, three of more than 600 miles, has forced the solo sailors to go to the end of themselves, to draw on their reserves;
Three days and three nights, even four nights in contact without giving up, you had to be complete to win
The rookies had a hard time and a name stood out, that of Gaston Morvan who achieved the Grand Slam by finishing first rookie on the four stages
The skipper “Bretagne – CMB Espoir” completes his first Solitaire in 7th place overall, not far from the top names. Alexis Thomas and Pep Costa complete this rookie podium
The first foreigner is none other than the Briton Alan Roberts 11th
What a demonstration! After the success last August in the Fastnet Race, the Charlie Dalin – Paul Meilhat duo won hands down Saturday morning the 550 mile race of the Défi Azimut – Lorient Agglomeration, an event counting for the Imoca Globe Series championship. The Verdier plan, 2nd in the last Vendée Globe but 1st on the line, seemed untouchable at all speeds on this triangle-shaped course in the Bay of Biscay. The duo Justine Mettraux – Simon Fisher (11th Hour Racing) took 2nd place ahead of Thomas Rettant – Morgan Lagravière (Linkedout).
With this new victory, Charlie Dalin, title holder in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 with Yann Eliès, will be the big favorite of the 2021 edition from Le Havre on November 7, a race he is competing with Paul Meilhat.
Charline Picon aims for the 2024 Olympics
It is through a series of four tweets that Charline Picon announced her intention to participate in the 2024 Olympics in France. Gold medalist at the Rio Olympics in 2016, silver in Tokyo in RS: X windsurfing, the Rochelaise changed support as she switched to 49er FX. For this new project, she has chosen to partner with Sarah Steyeart, Laser Radial world champion in 2008 and 7th at the 2016 Olympics in Rio in 49er FX. “The challenge is enormous: three years is short, the boat is demanding but super fun. The idea of starting a new crew makes me vibrate, it’s going to be an incredible human adventure with an Everest to climb but we are very motivated and determined “.
The two racers have already started sailing and Charline Picon was able to realize the instability of the dinghy …
The snowboarder is not the only one to dream of the Olympic Games in France: the Brestoises Camille Lecointre and Aloïse Retornaz have also announced their wish to continue the adventure in 470 but in mixed doubles, probably with Jérémie Mion and Kevin Peponnet .
A round-the-world trip upside down, double-handed, and multihull
To try to set a first stopwatch on the round the world upside down in a multihull, the Trinitan Romain Pilliard has decided to embark the Spaniard Alex Pella, holder of the Jules Verne Trophy with Joyon on Idec Sport. The trimaran in the colors of “Use it Again” knows the route but in the other direction since it is the old multihull with which Ellen MacArthur had set a record time (71 days 14 h) 23 years ago . Le Trinitain recovered this multihull, renovated and maintained it according to the principles of the circular economy. The start of the stand-by is scheduled for the end of November.