sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Solitaire du Figaro - Massive attaque!
Solitaire du Figaro - Massive attaque!


'Les Figaros au passage du phare de Wolf Rock lors de la 4eme etape de la Solitaire du Figaro-Eric Bompard cachemire 2013'    © Alexis Courcoux    Click Here to view large photo

Alors que les premiers solitaires approchent à grands pas de la bouée d'Antifer (au Nord du Havre), tant le podium de cette quatrième étape que le classement final de cette 44ème édition de La Solitaire du Figaro-Eric Bompard cachemire sont totalement incertains : entre Adrien Hardy, Yann Eliès, Xavier Macaire et Yoann Richomme pour la pole position à Dieppe, entre Yann Eliès, Morgan Lagravière et Xavier Macaire pour la victoire finale…

Tous les scénarii sont envisagés mais aucun ne va peut-être refléter la réalité d’ici quelques heures… Car la forte brise d’Ouest qui souffle actuellement sur la Manche associée à une mer bien formée et un courant de marée montante laisse entendre que le rush de 55 milles entre Antifer et Dieppe va être extrêmement tendu!

Déjà que les 34 skippers encore en course se sont fait brassés pendant douze heures au portant le long des côtes anglaises avec jusqu’à 35 nœuds de vent sous spinnaker et des moyennes ahurissantes de 14 nœuds... Qu’en sus ils ont dû traverser la Manche travers au vent et à la mer pendant plus de huit heures avec très peu de repos depuis le départ de Roscoff jeudi.

La seule certitude en cette fin d’après-midi, c’est que le leader en Bretagne va perdre sa couronne : Frédéric Duthil (Sepalumic) s’est fait décrocher dès le passage à Wolf Rock vers minuit vendredi, puis a progressivement perdu du terrain pour pointer à plus de 25 milles du leader. Soit forcément plus d’une heure et demie de retard à l’arrivée en Normandie sur le groupe de tête emmené par Adrien Hardy (Agir recouvrement, 18ème au classement cumulé à Roscoff) et Yann Eliès (Groupe Quéguiner-Leucémie Espoir, 3ème à Roscoff avec 32’ de retard), au coude à coude à l’approche d’Antifer.

Et derrière ce duo, Xavier Macaire (Skipper Hérault, 4ème à Roscoff avec 13’ de retard sur Eliès et 15’ sur Lagravière) est en embuscade avec à peine deux milles de décalage sur le leader actuel et 5 milles d’avance sur Morgan Lagravière (Vendée). Et s’il y a du match pour ce podium final, il y en a aussi pour les places d’honneur !

Yoann Richomme (DLBC) réalise un superbe parcours en se plaçant en quatrième position avant Antifer, ce qui le ferait grimper à Dieppe à la quatrième place au classement général tandis que Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) pourrait aussi s’adjuger la cinquième place devant Frédéric Duthil, le grand perdant de ce parcours de 520 milles plutôt costaud…

Fred Duthil, skipper du Figaro Sepalumic, lors de la 4eme etape de la Solitaire du Figaro-Eric Bompard cachemire -  © Alexis Courcoux   Click Here to view large photo
Mais attention : les derniers milles s’annoncent très virils ! Plus de trente nœuds sur une mer formée, cela peut aussi dégénérer en vrac spectaculaire quand le spinnaker emmène à plus de vingt nœuds le Figaro-Bénéteau au creux d’une vague plus abrupte que les autres. Un mât et une tête de mât en ont fait les frais la nuit dernière : Damien Guillou (La Solidarité Mutualiste) et Paul Meilhat (Skipper Macif 2011) ont dû jeter l’éponge en Angleterre… Et on ne sait pas trop ce qui a ralenti certains gros bras de la flotte : le bilan avaries à Dieppe risque fort d’être impressionnant.

Le final n’est donc pas acquis car il faudra une sacrée concentration après deux jours et demi de mer particulièrement intensifs pour ne pas partir en vrille sur une vague : cela coûte rapidement un quart d’heure de temps pour tout remettre en place soit, à plus de 12 nœuds de moyenne, trois bons milles ! Et le résultat peut être encore plus lourd si d’aventure, le spinnaker se déchire ou une bôme se casse, un tangon se rompt…

La seule certitude concerne l’état des solitaires à l’arrivée : sous pression depuis Roscoff, trempés depuis Ouessant, ballotés depuis Wolf Rock, chahutés depuis l’île de Wight, ils vont encore stresser d’Antifer à Dieppe. Les leaders sont attendus sur la ligne d’arrivée entre 22h00 et 23h00 selon que la brise aux abords du port normand mollisse un peu comme l’annoncent les prévisions météorologiques.

Paul Meilhat (Skipper Macif 2011): 'Je suis plein vent arrière, sous grand-voile avec un ris et ça marche à 10 nœuds : c'est quand même assez rapide ! Je pense arriver dans l'après-midi à l'île de Wight. J'ai encore quelques camarades à côté de moi. Je mange la totalité de ce qu'il me reste de nourriture pour me venger. Il n'y a pas grand-chose à faire. Vendredi soir j'ai entendu un crac, je pensais que c'était l'étai. J'ai tout contrôlé sur le bateau et ce matin quand le jour s'est levé, j'ai vu que la potence de pataras s'était cassée. C'est la même avarie que sur la deuxième étape. Il y avait 30 à 35 nœuds de vent, on faisait des pointes à 20 nœuds... Au cap Finisterre, sur la première étape, on avait eu plus fort mais on savait que ca durerait moins longtemps. Je pense que ça va être dur de finir cette étape là. Le dernier bord va être très compliqué.'

Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ): 'On s'est fait une nuit bien tonique. Ce n'est pas compliqué : pour être devant, il fallait envoyer du « gros » sous spi. Les premiers à dégainer, c’étaient Yann (Eliès) et Adrien (Hardy). Je me suis un peu décalé au vent sous génois et après j'ai envoyé le spi. C'était un peu chaud mais ça l'a fait. Là on est sous 30 noeuds de vent en moyenne et on est au reaching vers Antifer. Je suis sous foc solent et un ris. Le vent est bien dense et il y a de la mer. Toute la nuit, j'étais sous petit spi un ris. C'était un peu olé olé ! Je suis étonné des écarts, je pense que les autres n'ont pas spié. On a un peu tiré sur le matos comme des brutes. On a une quarantaine de milles à faire sous spi à la fin entre Antifer et Dieppe : il faudra être bien réveillé et ne pas faire de bêtises à ce moment. Les autres sont loin devant mais je vais essayer de gratter Yoann Richomme et j'ai aussi Momo la Vendée (Morgan Lagravière) aux fesses, donc il ne faut pas que je m'endorme. Dans dix heures on est arrivé!'

Corentin Horeau (Bretagne-Crédit Mutuel Espoir): 'On est à 45 milles d’Antifier (à15h30) et il y a 28 nœuds de vent… Même si on est assez abattu, ça tape et c’est très humide ! Vendredi soir, j’étais à côté de Damien (Guillou) quand il a démâté et ça m’a refroidi un peu. J’ai tout de même passé une bonne nuit à l’attaque sous spi et c’était costaud. Maintenant, il faut tout donner puisqu’il ne reste plus beaucoup de milles sur cette dernière étape. Le vent sera fort dès Antifer avec du spi ensuite : il ne faudra pas faire de sortie de route… Il faut barrer parce que j’ai renvoyé la grand-voile avec le solent et on a les vagues qui nous poussent un peu aux fesses…'

La Solitaire website


by Marie Le Berrigaud Perochon

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=111124

4:48 PM Sat 22 Jun 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 La Solitaire du Figaro

Related News Stories:

23 Jun 2013  Solitaire du Figaro - Competition for overall lead remains wide open
22 Jun 2013  Solitaire du Figaro - Comme des furieux
22 Jun 2013  Solitaire du Figaro - Damien Guillou a démâté
22 Jun 2013  Solitaire du Figaro - All set for the final showdown
22 Jun 2013  Solitaire du Figaro - Quatre à quatre
22 Jun 2013  Solitaire du Figaro - Jean-Pierre Nicol sets off on Leg 4
21 Jun 2013  La Solitaire du Figaro - Foul tide for start of Leg 4
21 Jun 2013  Solitaire du Figaro - Tir groupé en mer d'Iroise
21 Jun 2013  Solitaire du Figaro - Brits take on the final leg to Dieppe + Video
21 Jun 2013  Solitaire du Figaro - Retrousser la Manche
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

Choosing the northern route turned out to be a brilliant tactical decision. But not all decisions went so well. Because of one wrong gybe and changed weather patterns, Team Brunel lost its lead in less than a day. With only the Volvo Ocean Race tracker as a guide, it’s difficult for fans to understand how the Dutch team lost more than 80 nautical miles. Skipper Bouwe Bekking looks explains ... [more]  

RORC Caribbean 600 – Arguably the best fleet of offshore racing yachts that has ever gathered in the Caribbean, took part in the seventh edition of the event. 66 yachts started the 600 mile race around 11 Caribbean islands, with numerous world champions, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race sailors taking part with passionate Corinthian amateurs, many of whom are members of the Royal Ocean Racing Cl ... [more]  

This summer’s ‘must have’ tickets for The America’s Cup World Series, Portsmouth (ACWSUK) are officially available from Monday 2nd March. Fans and spectators are encouraged to book their place now to avoid disappointment with event organisers already receiving a large number of ticket and hospitality enquires. ... [more]  

SCYA's E.E. Manning Regatta 2015 – They had never sailed together until six months earlier when they stepped onto a boat that neither had ever sailed, but skipper Joseph Hou, 15, and crew Skylar Jacobsen, 14, squeezed out a remarkable victory Sunday in the Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Association's Shadden Series ... [more]  

Shawn Bennett of Tiburon, Calif. won the Long Beach Stop of the 2015 California Dreamin’ Series Sunday in this International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade three match racing regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and raced on the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s fleet of Catalina 37s. ... [more]  

Sitting here in Antigua airport waiting for my flight back to London, life is good having just blasted across the Atlantic in just under nine and a half days on board the new Phaedo3 MOD 70, one of the fastest sailing boats 'in the world'... ... [more]  

In November of 1994 Yachting Magazine consultant Gary Jobson asked Peter Craig, 'how hard can it be? Just raise some flags and blow off some guns.' And so began Craig's involvement in what was then a 112 boat - single division regatta that would soon evolve into an iconic annual international keelboat event. Yachting Magazine founded Key West Race Week in 1987. ... [more]  

Serious Fun! That's what participants, sponsors and onlookers are expected to have during the 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta which will be held in St. Maarten during March 05 - 08, 2015. The Regatta is considered to be the biggest in the Caribbean and offers a great combination of challenging races and fantastic gatherings under the banner of 'Serious Fun'! ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race – After the limits of the southern oceans imposed by the combination of the weather systems and the safety barrier of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone, the Atlantic is opening up for the top trio. ... [more]  

Images from Auckland of the media conference on Sunday and prizegivings for Leg 4 ... [more]  

At the media conference held the morning after the finish of leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Mapfre skipper Xabi Fernandez announced that regular skipper Iker Martinez will be back on board for the next leg and most of the remainder of the race. Fernandez had taken over the role, skippering Mapfre to a 4th place on Leg 3 and a win on Leg 4. ... [more]  

Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank will kick off with 173 boats traveling to Coconut Grove to compete in the 88th Bacardi Cup ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 finishes at night after a tense day *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
The finish was more like that of a short 100nm race around the Hauraki Gulf. Instead, the first three boats to cross the finish line at the end of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race arrived mid-evening. ... [more]  

Farr 40 International Circuit - Alex Roepers doesn't like to dwell in the past. However, when prompted, the New York businessman will talk about the magical run he and the crew aboard Plenty enjoyed during the 2014 Farr 40 International Circuit. To the contrary, the thrill of victory only made Roepers and the Plenty team hungry for more. ... [more]  

Coast Guard crews continue the search Monday for Richard Byhre, the 76-year-old sailor who did not return from his sailing trip as expected. ... [more]  

The International Sonar Class is pleased to announce that Shumway Marine, with the cooperation of designer Bruce Kirby has made arrangements to have the Sonar built by Rondar Race Boats in the U.K., with plans eventually to have the boat built on both sides of the ocean. The American Rondar facility is in Peabody, MA. Rondar, expects to launch its first Sonar in April. ... [more]  

Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics. ... [more]  

This year's 35th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is nothing less than an island-wide effort. Besides the sponsors, countless volunteers and the numerous local organizations that offer their excellent services, the Regatta Organizers would like to say special thanks to the hotels which are so generous to donate complimentary hotel rooms for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Images ashore after Leg 4 by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water and ashore for the finish of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, and provided this gallery of images after the first three boats had docked. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the finish of Leg 4 by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water for the finish of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean race, and captured these images from the final few miles of the race, and on the dock. ... [more]  

O MAPFRE conquistou de maneira emocionante a quarta etapa da Volvo Ocean Race, disputada entre a China e a Nova Zelândia. Na manhã deste sábado (28), o barco espanhol cruzou a linha de chegada em primeiro após quase 21 dias de navegação. ... [more]  

RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show - a British tradition by Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy
Our favourite boat show in the whole world is the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show. It is like no other, with a large percentage of eight to 15-year olds, with many young siblings often dragging their parents down the aisles. Its a dull overcast day in Lonon with rain showers, but inside the heated halls of the Alexandra Palace, the fabled 'Ally Pally' , around 5,000 visitors will gaze at touch and feel ... [more]  

MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández/ESP) emerged victorious despite a pair of major setbacks in Leg 4 following one of the tightest-fought finishes in Volvo Ocean Race history on Saturday night. The victory gives the 2014-15 edition its fourth winner in four legs following successes for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR), Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED), and Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA). ... [more]  

Mapfre took the gun, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing was second and Dongfeng third. Photographer Ainhoa Sanchez was in the air over Auckland for 2014 – 2015 Volvo Ocean Race, and provided these images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ainhoa Sanchez was in the air as the fleet approached Auckland for the end of leg 4 for the 2014 – 2015 Volvo Ocean Race, and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

The wind has switched half turn and boats are now beating upwind to the finish, MAPFRE has held their lead and with the change in direction look quite safe. Team Alvimedica who was catching up at speed has slowed right up, caught in light winds behind Tiritiri Matangi island. With less than 10nm to go to finish and a fair 10kt wind holding, the slow patch looks to have been removed from equation ... [more]  

2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Hap Fauth's American JV72, Bella Mente has been declared the overall winner. Whilst several yachts are still racing, by the morning of Friday 27th February none of the remaining teams had the ability to better Bella Mente's corrected time under IRC. It was third time lucky for Bella Mente as the Maxi 72 has finished second overall for the past two years. ... [more]  

Catch the live coverage of the Leg 4 Finish in Auckland. Check the video timer for a countdown to the start of coverage and the expected race finish time. Sail-World is updating the on the water action and weather - which has compressed the lead four boats ... [more]  

Racing in second place in the Barcelona World Race, the Barcelona sailor Guillermo Altadill and Chilean José Muñoz passed Cape Horn (67° 17' 35 W) this morning at 2h12 UTC (3h12 am in Barcelona, 11h12 pm of the 27th of February in Chile), after 58 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes of racing since their start from the Catalan capital on 31 December 2014. ... [more]  

On Sunday March 8th 2015, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will close out the final night of music with one of the most distinctive performances to date. DJ Natty Rico will be the final act to grace the regatta stage during the 'Legendary Party' following Kool and the Gang. His unique blend of saxophone playing and DJ skills will have your jaw dropping in amazement. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Cape Horn beckons for second and third placed Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos. While the two IMOCA 60s are expected to pass at speed with around six hours of separation, in what might be considered favourable conditions for one of the most inhospitable and complicated corners of the Barcelona World Race, amidst the long hours of stress and fatigue ... [more]  

SCYA Manning Regatta – The youth-heavy event is the fourth and last stop of the Shadden Series for teenagers under 19 not yet in college and is also a move-up regatta under the advancement guidelines of the International Naples Sabot Association. ... [more]  

US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awards 2015 ceremony celebrated the sailing accomplishments of Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.) and Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) as it returned to the iconic Model Room at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan after having moved to the west coast for the past three years. ... [more]  

Finn World Masters Championships 2015 - Pre registration open
Registration for the 2015 Finn European Championship is live!
RORC Caribbean 600, day 4 – Classic Focus and Four Figaro II teams
Hutchinson, Roble honored in New York as Best of 2014
Barcelona World Race - Pedestrian Pacific, Atlantic highway to home
America's Cup: Artemis Racing lines up against Oracle Team USA - Video
High Performance Yacht Design conference during Volvo OR stopover
Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston - How Alvimedica's chemistry works *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race: Dave Swete - Alvimedica's race so far *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – No sleep until Auckland
Etchells NA Midwinter East Series - Schoonmaker Cup preview
RORC Caribbean 600 day 4 – Close competition – 43 yachts still racing
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica hopes to use Coastal Classic tricks *Feature
AC45 Turbo Training - Oracle Team USA images by pressure-drop + Video
America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand gears up on less money *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race – The race tightens as New Zealand looms
AWT Goya Pro Cabo Verde kicks off in style!
Barcelona World Race - Two different worlds separated by Cape Horn
America's Cup: Barker offered non-sailing role by Emirates team NZ
2015 CYC Midwinters Race – Pictures by pressure-drop.us
CYC Midwinters Racing – Bring On The Breeze! – Overall   
Laser World Championship – Over 2000 sailors to race in Kingston   
Volvo Ocean Race: Barkow and Lush - from the Olympics to the Volvo *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Its anyone's race - Leg 4 to Auckland   
Barcelona World Race - A time for extra care and caution   
2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Phaedo3 breaks record   
Barcelona World Race - Cheminées Poujoulat pass Cape Horn   
2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Records predicted to tumble + Video   
2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship - NOR released   
Asher Otto and Itchy Feet to open up the Caribbean Jam night   
RS Sailing and BIC Sport North America team up for sailing programs   
RORC Caribbean 600 – Record pace on Day 2   
Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup - About to begin   
10 tips from BoatUS for owners and renters   
Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta – Notice of Race online   
2015 CYC Mid Winters images by h20shots   
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from February 23 show   
Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston looking forward to his Kiwi home   
Volvo Ocean Race: Wislang expected to lead Kiwis home after fast ride   
Volvo Ocean Race – Now the race to Auckland is truly on   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT