Photos: Alexis Courcoux

Francisco Lobato - not superstitious

Portugese skipper wins the Figaro's AG2R La Mondiale Transat Bénodet-Martinique prologue

Saturday April 2nd 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

The prologue race for the Figaro class' impending AG2R La Mondiale Transat Bénodet-Martinique took place today in moderate conditions and saw the younger generation displace the regular Figaro class hierarchy, when the Portugese former Mini sailor Francisco Lobato came home first ahead of Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert) and Anthony Marchand (Espoir Région Bretagne).

At 14.30, after one general recall, the fleet of 17 Figaros set sail on the prologue - a ten mile lap of the Bay of Bénodet, held ten knot winds from the northwest.

The talented Francisco Lobato sailing Roff was first to the weather mark ahead of Romain Attanasio (Savéol) and Anthony Marchand (Espoir Région Bretagne). The Portuguese sailor extended on the next run down to the Lower Bilien mark. Behind some of Lobato's young peers notably Anthony Marchand, gave way under the onslaught of veterans such as Gildas Morvan on Cercle Vert.

On his arrival back at Bénodet, Lobato had won, having lead throughout the race and experienced the satisfaction of a job well done.

"It was a good workout," Lobato commented. "Last week I was at home and now I am getting back into the rhythm. On the race, things went well and it's nice to confirm that a break in Portugal hasn't made me lose my bearings!"


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