Photo: Alexis Courcoux

Solitaire du Figaro - around Wolf Rock

Fabien Delahaye and Morgan Lagravière match racing for the lead as Sam Goodchild holds 11th

Tuesday July 10th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Earlier this morning, the 36 solo skippers in La Solitaire du Figaro rounded Wolf Rock and are now heading east along the south coast of Cornwall bound for the Lizard.

Positions at 0548 UTC

Pos Boat Skipper Lat Long Spd Crs DTF DTL
          4hr aver      
1 SKIPPER MACIF 2012 Fabien Delahaye 49 57.62' N 5 46.54' W 6.2 64 223.7 0
2 VENDEE Morgan Lagraviere 49 57.60' N 5 46.65' W 6.2 63 223.8 0.1
3 GROUPE QUEGUINER / JOURNAL DES ENTREPRISES Yann Elies 49 57.28' N 5 47.21' W 6.3 63 224.2 0.4
4 GENERALI Nicolas Lunven 49 57.17' N 5 47.48' W 5.7 67 224.3 0.6
5 CERCLE VERT Gildas Morvan 49 56.87' N 5 48.37' W 5.8 13 224.9 1.2
6 SEPALUMIC Frederic Duthil 49 56.81' N 5 48.52' W 6.5 346 225 1.3
7 BANQUE POPULAIRE Jeanne Gregoire 49 56.79' N 5 48.56' W 6.5 345 225 1.3
8 AGIR RECOUVREMENT Adrien Hardy 49 56.29' N 5 48.37' W 6.3 335 225.5 1.7
9 SEIXO PROMOTION Julien Villion 49 56.26' N 5 48.50' W 7.4 346 225.5 1.7
10 GALETTES SAINT-MICHEL Isabelle Joschke 49 56.18' N 5 48.36' W 7.2 339 225.6 1.8
11 ARTEMIS 23 Sam Goodchild 49 56.20' N 5 48.26' W 6 332 225.6 1.8
12 DLBC Yoann Richomme 49 55.83' N 5 48.35' W 7.4 346 225.9 2.2
13 BERNARD CONTROLS Jean-Pierre Nicol 49 55.83' N 5 47.35' W 6.4 328 226.2 2.5
14 NACARAT Erwan Tabarly 49 55.16' N 5 48.19' W 7.6 344 226.6 2.9
15 KEOPSYS Charlie Dalin 49 55.06' N 5 47.87' W 7.2 340 226.7 3
16 SKIPPER MACIF 2011 Paul Meilhat 49 54.49' N 5 48.23' W 7.7 346 227.3 3.5
17 GROUPE FIVA Alexis Loison 49 53.83' N 5 47.70' W 6.8 340 228 4.2
18 PRATI'BÛCHES Vincent Biarnes 49 53.49' N 5 47.27' W 7.1 338 228.3 4.6
19 DESTINATION DUNKERQUE Thomas Ruyant 49 53.44' N 5 47.37' W 7.2 338 228.4 4.6
20 GEDIMAT Thierry Chabagny 49 53.01' N 5 47.62' W 7.4 344 228.8 5
21 FINANCIERE DE L'ECHIQUIER Thomas Normand 49 52.71' N 5 46.48' W 6.7 335 229.2 5.5
22 IN EXTENSO experts - comptables Nicolas Jossier 49 52.55' N 5 46.54' W 8.3 334 229.2 5.5
23 ARTEMIS 77 Nick Cherry 49 52.91' N 5 45.64' W 6.8 327 229.3 5.5
24 LA SOLIDARITE MUTUALISTE Damien Guillou 49 52.45' N 5 47.08' W 7.2 339 229.4 5.7
25 JEHOL Didier Bouillard 49 52.06' N 5 46.73' W 7.2 339 229.8 6.1
26 ARTEMIS 37 Henry Bomby 49 51.91' N 5 46.54' W 6.7 339 230 6.3
27 BRITANIE COSMETIQUES David Sineau 49 52.27' N 5 45.00' W 6.8 330 230 6.3
28 SKIPPER HERAULT Xavier Macaire 49 51.70' N 5 46.93' W 7.3 340 230.1 6.4
29 BRETAGNE – CRÉDIT MUTUEL ESPOIR Corentin Horeau 49 51.32' N 5 46.03' W 7 336 230.7 6.9
30 VOYONS LARGE Eric D'Hooghe 49 51.81' N 5 43.19' W 7.3 335 231 7.3
31 KICKERS Sebastien Picault 49 50.99' N 5 44.58' W 6.4 329 231.3 7.5
32 GROUPE SNEF Jean-Paul Mouren 49 50.48' N 5 42.68' W 6.9 337 232.3 8.6
33 ENTREPRENDRE LAFONT PRESSE Matthieu Girolet 49 49.04' N 5 41.60' W 6.8 332 233.9 10.2
34 KRISTIN FOR FULLE SEIL Kristin Songe Molle 49 48.77' N 5 42.28' W 6.3 331 233.9 10.2
35 ROFF Francisco Lobato 49 46.98' N 5 42.30' W 7.3 335 235.6 11.8
36 ONE NETWORK ENERGIES Yannig Livory 49 46.31' N 5 39.95' W 7.5 332 236.8 13.1
DNC BRETAGNE CRÉDIT MUTUEL PERFORMANCE Anthony Marchand            

Yesterday at around 0900 UTC the leaders completed their beat to Pointe de Penmarche and cracked sheets for the Raz de Sein, which they passed through at lunchtime. They then forged on, with race leader Fabien Delahaye on Skipper MACIF 2012 passing Le Conquet at the entrance to the Chenal du Four mid-afternoon. Overnight the boats have been heading north, bound for Wolf Rock. Delahaye was first to round this mark off Land's End at 0530 this morning with Morgan Lagravière on Vendée on his transom.

Last night's Channel crossing ended up being a fairly brutal port tack fetch in 20 knot northwesterlies, but provided a welcome tactical opportunity for the skippers after a rather processional trip along France's Atlantic coast since starting from St Gilles Croix de Vie on Sunday. Some west to east divide opened up crossing the Channel with the Artemis Offshore Academy's Sam Goodchild and Adrien Hardy on AGIR Recouvrement taking a more easterly route north. Goodchild continues to have the best Solitaire leg he has so far had in his two year career in the Figaro class, presently holding 11th place.

Several skippers, particularly the ones who lost out on Sunday night going to seaward of Belle Ile, have been on the rise. In particular Jean-Pierre Nicol on Bernard Controls and Vincent Biarnes on Prati-Buches have both gained 10 places in the last 24 hours, but not far behind, after his rotten start, is Britain's Nick Cherry, who has pulled back nine places and is currently up to 23rd, having overtaken team mate Henry Bomby. 

This morning Morgan Lagravière reported: "There have been no great options but you really had to keep the boat powered up. Generally it is rather positive. A small gap has been created this morning between Yann (Elies ) and Lulu (Nicolas Lunven) and Fabian (Delahaye) and me. We must see how it goes. I was quite satisfied throughout the night, because I was able to rest a lot. This is a thing that was a priority at that point."

Over the course of today as the boats make their way along the south coast of the UK under spinnaker to the Needles Fairway Buoy they will see the wind slowly backing from the northwest into the west, mostly in the 15-20 knot region.

 

 

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