11th hour tactical win

At finale of Solitaire du Figaro's leg two into Les Sables d'Olonne

Thursday August 15th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
Less than 30 minutes separated the first 14 boats at the end of the second leg of the Solitaire du Figaro race from Crosshaven to Les Sables d'Olonne last night.

Despite 2001 winner Eric Drouglazet leading for a majority of the race when the wind went light towards the finish, the fight for first place turned into a lottery that was eventually won by an unsponsored entry, Sebastien Audigane on Sports Without Borders. This is a tremendous result for the 34 year old from Concarneau. He has competed in five Figaro races previously and who normally finishes in the mid-20s overall.

A former Soling sailor, who when he is not racing the Figaro is these days a regular crewman on Olivier de Kersauson's maxi-tri Geronimo and the Open 60 Sill Plein Fruit, 'Grand Seb' (as he is known - he's 1.95m tall) says that he won the leg after splitting from the fleet yesterday morning and sailing to the south of Ile d'Yeu. In fact the first three places on this leg went to those who chose this tactic. Audiagne was followed into the Vendee Globe homeport by Philippe Vicariot and former Orange meteorologist Gilles Chiorri in second and third places respectively.

After two legs Christophe de Pavant on Malice has taken the overall lead from Figaro veteran Philippe Vicariot. Race favorites Eric Drouglazet and Gildas Morvan are now in seven and eighth places overall respectively.

Top 'bizuth' (first timer in the Solitaire du Figaro) has now changed to Gwénaël Riou on Espoir Credit Agricole, with previous leader Arnaud Boissieres dropping to third and fellow Mini sailor Jeanne Gregoire (the only woman in this year's race) moving up to second.

Finish times (French time) last night
Pos Skipper Boat
1
AUDIGANE Sébastien Sport Sans Frontières
19H19
2
VICARIOT Philippe Thales
19H24
3
CHIORRI Gilles 32 01 de Météo Consult
19H27
4
DROUGLAZET Eric David Olivier
19H27
5
ELIES Yann Groupe Générali Assurances
19H31
6
DE PAVANT Christophe Malice
19H35
7
TROUSSEL Nicolas Galinette
19H39
8
JOSSE Sébastien Créaline
19H39
9
MORVAN Gildas Cercle Vert
19H42
10
BEYOU Jérémie Delta Dore
19H42
11
PETIT Benoit Top'Océan
19H42
12
NABART Laurent Ajaccio Corse du sud
19H45
13
CHABAGNY Thierry Petit Navire Le Bon Goût du Large
19H45
14
RIOU Vincent PRB Produits de Revêtement du Bâtiment
19H45
15
KOCH Antoine Saunier Duval
19H55
16
TABARLY Erwan Thales - Armor Lux
19H58
17
MARSSET Bertrand Passion
19H59
18
RIOU Gwénaël Espoir Crédit Agricole
20H00
19
CAUDRELIER Charles Bostik Findley
20H02
20
ATTANASIO Romain Port Trebeurden
20H02
21
MOUREN Jean-Paul M@rseille Entreprises
20H21
22
BALOGH François Générale d'Emballage - FIGA
20H32
23
GREGOIRE Jeanne Département de l'Aisne
20H39
24
GUERIN Ronan Saint-Nazaire / Escal'Atlantic
20H39
25
FEREC Alain Hotel Vauban - Camaret sur Mer
20H56

Combined times - leg 1 and leg 2
Pos Skipper Boat Combined time
1
DE PAVANT Christophe Malice
in 171h02'11''
2
VICARIOT Philippe Thales
+ 4'48''
3
CHIORRI Gilles 32 01 de Météo Consult
+ 9'26''
4
BEYOU Jérémie Delta Dore
+ 14'32''
5
KOCH Antoine Saunier Duval
+ 15'26''
6
AUDIGANE Sébastien Sport Sans Frontières
+ 16'16''
7
DROUGLAZET Eric David Olivier
+ 21'08''
8
MORVAN Gildas Cercle Vert
+ 28'16''
9
JOSSE Sébastien Créaline
+ 28'18''
10
ELIES Yann Groupe Générali Assurances
+ 32'50''
11
CAUDRELIER Charles Bostik Findley
+ 40'05''
12
RIOU Vincent PRB Produits de Revêtement du Bâtiment
+ 43'09''
13
PETIT Benoit Top'Océan
+ 43'18''
14
TABARLY Erwan Thales - Armor Lux
+ 53'17''
15
TROUSSEL Nicolas Galinette
+ 1h25'09''
16
ATTANASIO Romain Port Trebeurden
+ 1h35'29''
17
GUERIN Ronan Saint-Nazaire / Escal'Atlantic
+ 1h49'58''
18
CHABAGNY Thierry Petit Navire Le Bon Goût du Large
+ 1h52'01''
19
MOUREN Jean-Paul M@rseille Entreprises
+ 3h03'11''
20
NABART Laurent Ajaccio Corse du sud
+ 4h27'07''
21
MARSSET Bertrand Passion
+ 4h36'49''
22
RIOU Gwénaël Espoir Crédit Agricole
+ 5h10'34''
23
GREGOIRE Jeanne Département de l'Aisne
+ 6h00'04''
24
BALOGH François Générale d'Emballage - FIGA
+ 7h51'45''

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