Photo: Alexis Courcoux

Solitaire du Figaro: Morvan into the lead

Two way fight for the lead as Yann Elies moves up to third

Tuesday July 3rd 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

This morning the Solitaire du Figaro has a new leader in Cercle Verte skipper and Transat AG2R winner, Gildas Morvan. Overnight the 36 strong fleet has rounded a series of marks just north of the Raz de Seine and at the latest sched have rounded Pointe de Penmarche and are en route to Belle Ile.

Positions at 0848 UTC

Pos Boat Skipper Lat Long Spd Crs Spd Dist DTF DTL
          4hr aver   24 hrs      
1 CERCLE VERT Gildas Morvan 47 36.73' N 4 00.19' W 7.3 122 4.3 180.5 100.6 0
2 GENERALI Nicolas Lunven 47 37.28' N 4 01.57' W 7.7 120 4.3 178.9 101.7 1.1
3 GROUPE QUEGUINER / JOURNAL DES ENTREPRISES Yann Elies 47 38.15' N 4 03.95' W 8 121 4.4 180.9 103.5 2.9
4 NACARAT Erwan Tabarly 47 38.33' N 4 04.42' W 7.9 121 4.4 179.1 103.9 3.3
5 GROUPE FIVA Alexis Loison 47 38.27' N 4 04.78' W 8.1 121 4.5 181.8 104 3.4
6 BERNARD CONTROLS Jean-Pierre Nicol 47 38.51' N 4 05.06' W 8 124 4.4 178.5 104.3 3.7
7 SKIPPER MACIF 2012 Fabien Delahaye 47 38.53' N 4 05.49' W 8 123 4.5 181.5 104.6 4
8 SKIPPER HERAULT Xavier Macaire 47 38.84' N 4 06.07' W 8 122 4.5 182.1 105.1 4.5
9 PRATI'BÛCHES Vincent Biarnes 47 38.99' N 4 06.53' W 8 124 4.5 179.7 105.4 4.8
10 GEDIMAT Thierry Chabagny 47 38.38' N 4 07.21' W 8 124 4.5 181.2 105.5 4.9
11 SEPALUMIC Frederic Duthil 47 39.06' N 4 06.79' W 8.1 122 4.5 180.7 105.6 5
12 BANQUE POPULAIRE Jeanne Gregoire 47 39.04' N 4 06.85' W 8.2 121 4.4 179.6 105.6 5
13 VENDEE Morgan Lagraviere 47 39.31' N 4 06.85' W 8.3 120 4.5 180.1 105.8 5.2
14 LA SOLIDARITE MUTUALISTE Damien Guillou 47 39.43' N 4 07.61' W 8 122 4.4 178.3 106.3 5.7
15 SKIPPER MACIF 2011 Paul Meilhat 47 39.48' N 4 08.40' W 8 125 4.5 179.5 106.7 6.1
16 ROFF Francisco Lobato 47 40.16' N 4 09.69' W 7.9 125 4.6 181.6 107.8 7.2
17 DLBC Yoann Richomme 47 40.64' N 4 10.24' W 8.3 120 4.7 183.3 108.4 7.8
18 KEOPSYS Charlie Dalin 47 40.99' N 4 10.84' W 8.1 121 4.5 177.9 108.9 8.3
19 GALETTES SAINT-MICHEL Isabelle Joschke 47 41.27' N 4 12.14' W 8.2 119 4.6 179.1 109.8 9.2
20 AGIR RECOUVREMENT Adrien Hardy 47 41.38' N 4 12.55' W 8.2 121 4.7 182.1 110.1 9.5
21 DESTINATION DUNKERQUE Thomas Ruyant 47 42.00' N 4 12.28' W 8.1 121 4.8 182.6 110.3 9.7
22 IN EXTENSO experts - comptables Nicolas Jossier 47 41.78' N 4 12.68' W 7.9 124 4.6 179 110.4 9.8
23 ARTEMIS 23 Sam Goodchild 47 41.80' N 4 13.79' W 7.7 126 4.7 180.8 111.1 10.5
24 ARTEMIS 77 Nick Cherry 47 41.86' N 4 13.94' W 7.7 126 4.7 179 111.2 10.6
25 BRETAGNE – CRÉDIT MUTUEL ESPOIR Corentin Horeau 47 42.25' N 4 14.15' W 7.9 124 4.8 181.9 111.5 10.9
26 ONE NETWORK ENERGIES Yannig Livory 47 42.00' N 4 14.58' W 7.6 120 4.7 178.8 111.6 11
27 SEIXO PROMOTION Julien Villion 47 43.21' N 4 15.44' W 7.9 117 4.6 176.5 112.7 12.1
28 BRITANIE COSMETIQUES David Sineau 47 43.26' N 4 15.79' W 7.8 123 5 187.1 113 12.4
29 FINANCIERE DE L'ECHIQUIER Thomas Normand 47 43.47' N 4 15.68' W 7.7 122 4.7 176.5 113 12.4
30 GROUPE SNEF Jean-Paul Mouren 47 43.42' N 4 16.09' W 7.8 123 4.7 178.7 113.2 12.6
31 JEHOL Didier Bouillard 47 44.17' N 4 17.69' W 7.6 124 4.8 177.4 114.5 13.9
32 ENTREPRENDRE LAFONT PRESSE Matthieu Girolet 47 44.67' N 4 17.84' W 7.5 125 4.7 175 114.9 14.3
33 KRISTIN FOR FULLE SEIL Kristin Songe Molle 47 44.70' N 4 19.07' W 7.1 125 4.9 181.5 115.6 15
34 KICKERS Sebastien Picault 47 46.98' N 4 23.77' W 8 130 4.9 175.6 119.5 18.9
35 VOYONS LARGE Eric D'Hooghe 47 47.93' N 4 25.13' W 7.6 130 5.1 177.4 120.8 20.2
36 ARTEMIS 37 Henry Bomby 47 49.77' N 4 27.28' W 7.8 129 5.5 186 123.1 22.5

Late yesterday afternoon as the Figaros were heading north across the Bay of Biscay at speed under spinnaker, with the southwesterly wind shifting so the skippers took the opportunity to reposition themselves for the first turning mark to the north of the Raz de Seine, by putting in short gybes to the east. As a result of this, and also removing a plastic bag that had become caught around his keel, at around 1800 UTC Gildas Morvan managed to regain the lead from Nicolas Lunven on Generali.

Morvan led the fleet around the Chausee de Sein mark at midnight UTC, and then around the triangle course to the north of the Raz culminating in a short beat back to the Raz itself which Morvan passed through at 0400 UTC. Since then the 'green giant' has extended his lead over Lunven from 0.5 miles to just over a mile at the latest sched while leg one winner Yann Elies on Groupe Queguiner/Journal des Entreprises eased up third place during the beat to the Raz. If he finishes into Saint Gilles Croix de Vie in this place, Elies should be assured of maintaining his overall lead in this year's Solitaire after two legs.

Yesterday evening's gybes followed by the triangle to the north of the Raz threw up some tactical opportunities and among the biggest risers have been Adrien Hardy on AGIR Recouvrement, former Mini Transat winner Thomas Ruyant on Destination Dunkerque, both of whom have gained nine places while Yoann Richomme and Xavier Macaire have both gained eight in the last 24 hours.

The Artemis Offshore Academy's Sam Goodchild and Nick Cherry remain locked in battle for 23rd.

 

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