sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : La Solitaire du Figaro leg 4 preview

La Solitaire du Figaro leg 4 preview

'The race - La Solitaire du Figaro 2011'       Click Here to view large photo
La Solitaire du Figaro - Preparations are underway for the start of the fourth and decisive leg, to Dieppe, which starts tomorrow, Sunday 21st August 2011.

The 46 skippers will undoubtedly play their best cards over the 430-mile long course, because nothing is for certain and the outcome could well be a surprising one.

Race leader Jéremie Beyou (BPI) seems to be securely on top, with his solid 34 minutes plus lead on second placed Fabien Delahaye (Port de Caen Ouistreham) and over 40 minutes on Nicolas Lunven (Generali), and despite the psychological supremacy he showed so far, his competitors will not just be quietly watching. Among the rookies too, the ranking could still change dramatically as first placed Morgan Lagravière (Vendée) can count only on 17 minutes on his immediate pursuer Xavier Macaire (Starter Active Bridge) and a little more than 44’ on Jersey based Phil Sharp (The Spirit of Independence) in third position. Nothing is carved in stone yet.

As confirmed by Race director Jacques Caraës, who lives in Aber Wrach’ and has sailed in the area since when he was a kid. He described the 430 mile-long leg as: 'It’s a long coastal course and it won’t be easy for the skippers to get sleep or relax. There are four crucial points to be tackled with extreme care, where the tide flow will play a central role: the passage of Raz de Sein, the Four then Aurigny and finally the Raz Blanchard. One can’t really say it’s an easy leg. Two thirds will be upwind, in light to medium breeze, and maybe we’ll have a final stretch upwind. True it’s a tough, tricky last leg. But the competitors’ level is so high that it will keep the suspense high up to the finish…'

British sailor Samantha Davies, four times participant to La Solitaire du Figaro and one in the very exclusive group of women to have completed the round-the-world single-handed Vendée Globe, is in Les Sables with her partner Romain Attanasio skipper of Saveol. When asked about the race, she commented: 'For me it’s probably the hardest sailing race that’s available on the planet. The fact that it’s single-handed obviously makes it pretty extreme to start with. But I think it’s the intensity of the race, you’re just accumulating fatigue, mental and physical tiredness from thinking about tactics, strategy and weather all the time.'

Leg 4 The Course
Les Sables d’Olonne – Dieppe 430 miles

The fourth leg is the race decider. Unlike the first three, this leg is 100% inshore, the Île d’Yeu and Belle-Île to be left to port, with 180 nautical miles to race to the isle of Ushant, compulsory to be left to port. The passage will be the decisive moment where the different options can still change the overall results: passage via the Sein undertow or not, passage via the Fromveur or closer to shore via the Four channel. Though coastal, the course will be very open and with plenty of twists and turns as the sailors make way.

The second part of the race from the Brittany point to the Cotentin, 130 nautical miles, will once again require careful navigation and vigilance. The course is free, the only course mark to be followed being the Île d’Aurigny, to be left to port, before taking on the raz de Blanchard at the entrance of the Cotentin. Prior to this, there may be different options like following a course further offshore at the Channel Islands could be possible. Nevertheless, Guernsey being on the direct course, it is very likely there will be two groups: those following the northern course North of the island and those following the southern course, aiming for the little or great Russel, the inner channels between the islands.

The last part of the course can be complicated by the raz de Blanchard with its strong undertow and Barfleur. The Cotentin point may prove problematic with fickle winds. The first skippers to complete this passage will certainly savour their crossing in the bay of Seine - 90 nautical miles to be covered. The very last miles along the coast approaching the cape of Antifer will be the last obstacle of the race.

In the event of a light wind, the high cliffs could prove to be a barrier for the sailors as they make their way to the finish.

Skippers quotes:
Phil Sharp (The Spirit of Independence) – 20th overall and third rookie

'There’s only 40 minutes between me and the leader of the rookie class and a lot could happen in this last leg. If you miss a tide gate then potentially you could lose two hours, so it’s going to be important to be in touch with the front of the fleet as we go around, and capitalise on any change in the weather we see.'

Fabien Delahaye (Port de Caen Ouistreham) – Second overall at 34’15' from the leader
'The night before the start I usually go to bed early, because I need to be quiet and relax. I don’t look too much at the weather forecast, we’ve already had two briefings earlier and I make one very last call to my my weather router David Lasnier, who used to be my coach on the 470 class. This fourth leg, apart from a small storm system, looks like it won’t be so complicated, won’t be one to take risks but instead one will have to be opportunistic, be in the leading pack and navigate well.'

Conrad Humphreys (DMS) - 32nd overall
'The final leg is an epic coastal challenge. Both Ile de Yeu and Belle Ile must be left to port which limits the option to head more offshore and keeps the fleet together close to the coast. The main decision will be when to leave the North Brittany coast to head offshore towards Alderney as the routeing suggests that the weather models are not in agreement.'

Race veteran Jean-Paul Mouren (Groupe SNEF) at his 25th participation
'This is going to be the leg where everyone will do their utmost, fire their very best bullets. The level of the competition will be even higher this time. There will be upwind sailing, rocks to be avoided up along the Brittany coast, no piece of cake really… I’m frightened of rocks, simply because I don’t know the area well, never sailed or went fishing there. Frankly, I’d rather be in a better position in the ranking, but I guess this is where I deserve to be. But I’m going to try and sleep less!'

Nigel King (E-Line Orthodontics): 'A different atmosphere'
'It was the start of the Vendee race in 2004 that really inspired me to try to do a Figaro. I want to, in the future, do a competitive Vendee Globe campaign, that’s always been the ambition from day one, that was the ambition when I got a Figaro and this was the training. There’s definitely a different atmosphere at this port, there’s a special connection to offshore sailing here. Everywhere you go there are videos, photographs, the restaurants, the bars have pictures of Vendee skippers, so it’s a nice pick-you-up to everyone who aspires to that race.'

Sam Goodchild (Artemis) – youngest skipper of la Solitaire, 36th overall and seventh rookie
'It’s good to be racing against some of the top guys who are here and learning from them, it just makes the experience a whole lot more beneficial for me as far as what I take away from it. It’s not just another sailing regatta, it’s got so much more to it than that: Learning about your boat, learning about yourself, learning about everything. It’s got so much more to it than I ever imagined, it’s gone way over my expectations.'

La Solitaire du Figaro website




by La Solitaire du Figaro

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=87506

3:12 PM Sat 20 Aug 2011 GMT






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


Related News Stories:

27 Aug 2011  La Solitaire du Figaro - Jérémie Beyou dominates
25 Aug 2011  La Solitaire du Figaro King is crowned
25 Aug 2011  La Solitaire du Figaro - Near photo finish in leg 4
24 Aug 2011  La Solitaire du Figaro - A fight to the finish
23 Aug 2011  La Solitaire du Figaro - Beyou leads in decisive leg
23 Aug 2011  La Solitaire du Figaro - Leg 4 sets off + Video
22 Aug 2011  La Solitaire du Figaro fourth and final leg underway
21 Aug 2011  Solitaire du Figaro - Brits prepare for leg 4 + Video
20 Aug 2011  La Solitaire du Figaro leg 3 overall
18 Aug 2011  La Solitaire du Figaro leg 3 completed
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





















Express 27 National Championship overall + Video by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,














America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do
Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2014 - Images by Erik Simonson
Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Australian Sailing Team signs up
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 3
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sailors place on world regatta circuits
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2
PWA Alacati World Cup - Intense competition on day 3
America's Cup: 'The Doc' appointed as Commercial Commissioner
Wake Park Triple Crown - Registration open for final stop
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 images by Stefano Gattini
Volvo Ocean Race - Two more join Dongfeng Race Team
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
Helping boaters understand weather basics   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2   
Match 40s find the surface again + Video   
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi   
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director   
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition   
IFDS World Championship overall   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series   
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2   
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda   
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14   
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing   
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   


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 NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT