Leg one honours in the Proto class went to La Rochelle sailor Aymeric Chappellier and his La Tortue de l’Aquarium La Rochelle, which crossed the line at 19:10:23 UTC after an elapsed time at sea of 9 days 8 hours 8 minutes and 23 seconds or an average speed of 5.73 knots.
Chappellier pulled into the lead a day out of Horta by approaching from the north, staying in the breeze as those to the south of him were caught in lighter breeze. On his arrival Chappellier was received by the Mayor of Horta, Juan Castro and presented with a bottle of champagne.
Showing the international mix of the Mini class these days, Chappellier was followed into Horta by Italian Giancarlo Pedote on Prysmian at 22:31:15 with Czech sailor Milan Kolacek on Follow Me completing the podium at 05:19:31 the following morning. Kolacek had been without a radio with which to receive weather reports since the second day at sea.
In the Series class it was Swiss sailor Justine Mettraux, the only woman in the fleet, who won the class just over a day after the first Proto arrival aboard TeamWork in a time of 10 days, 10 hours and 46 minutes.
Mettraux chose a northerly route out of the Bay of Biscay but started to follow the great circle from there once her SSB radio packed up. Some met information was relayed to her by VHF by fellow competitor Ian Lipinski. Into the lead, TeamWork extended by up to 35 miles although this gap was reduced as the boats closed on the finish line.
While with no information she was worried about her position, ultimately Mettraux arrived a comfortable 4 hours and 18 minutes ahead of Ameyric Belloir on Tout le monde contre le Cancer, second in the series class.
"I'm obviously very happy," said Mettraux. "I had fun during the race, and I managed to prevent fatigue. The last 24 hours were the hardest. The sea was very bad, there were squalls and we had to fight to reach Horta."
The Artemis Offshore Academy's Becky Scott was forced to pull out 24 hours into the race with a broken autopilot. She contemplated returning to Les Sables d'Olonne and restarting but discounted this. “It was the right decision for me, but it is still very disappointing," she said. "I would have had 11 days in which to complete the leg and providing I had no further problems, would have given me two days rest before the start of Leg 2. It would have been difficult for me to get to the Azores and then be in a fit state to start the second leg.”
After a few days to regain their strength and catch up on their sleep, the start of the return leg to Les Sables d'Olonne takes place today.
With a depression to their north, the return journey looks set to be a fast one in strong following southwesterlies.
Leg 1 results:
|1||P||La Tortue de L'aquarium la Rochelle||Aymeric Chappellier||07/08/2012 at 19:10:23 (9d 08h 08m 23s)|
|2||P||Prysmian||Giancarlo Pedote||07/08/2012 at 22:31:15 (9d 11h 29m 15s)|
|3||P||Follow Me||Milan Kolacek||08/08/2012 at 05:19:31 (9d 18h 17m 31s)|
|4||P||Fondation terrevent.org||Nicolas Boidevezi||08/08/2012 at 05:49:08 (9d 18h 47m 08s)|
|5||P||benoitmarie.com||Benoît Marie||08/08/2012 at 20:07:57 (10d 09h 05m 57s)|
|6||P||Chasseur de Primes||Etienne Bertrand||08/08/2012 at 20:10:57 (10d 09h 08m 57s)|
|7||S||TeamWork||Justine Mettraux||08/08/2012 at 21:48:26 (10d 10h 46m 26s)|
|8||S||Tout le monde chante contre le Cancer||Aymeric Belloir||09/08/2012 at 02:04:23 (10d 15h 02m 23s)|
|9||S||Althing||Ian Lipinski||09/08/2012 at 04:22:52 (10d 17h 20m 52s)|
|10||S||Groupe Accueil Negoce||Clément Bouyssou||09/08/2012 at 08:45:09 (10d 21h 43m 09s)|
|11||S||Damien Cloarec cherche Sponsor||Damien Cloarec||09/08/2012 at 08:48:28 (10d 21h 46m 28s)|
|12||S||Elect-Ra||Jonas Gerckens||09/08/2012 at 09:28:08 (10d 22h 26m 08s)|
|13||P||Bongo||Maxime Salle||09/08/2012 at 12:30:13 (11d 01h 28m 13s)|
|14||S||Go 4 It||Simon Koster||09/08/2012 at 20:05:01 (11d 09h 03m 01s)|
|15||S||Black Mamba||Arnaud Chaigne||09/08/2012 at 22:41:44 (11d 11h 39m 44s)|
|16||S||Acebi||Jean-marie Oger||10/08/2012 at 00:08:12 (11d 13h 06m 12s)|
|17||P||Fontanot||Michèle Zambelli||10/08/2012 at 00:21:45 (11d 13h 19m 45s)|
|18||S||M-Pharma Italia||Luca Del-Zozzo||10/08/2012 at 02:54:32 (11d 15h 52m 32s)|
|19||S||Netwerk||Bert Bossyns||10/08/2012 at 03:06:55 (11d 16h 04m 55s)|
|20||S||Stered Lostek||Damien Audrain||10/08/2012 at 03:48:12 (11d 16h 46m 12s)|
|21||S||Prepa Nautic / Chirurgie Cardiaque||Yann Le-Pautremat||10/08/2012 at 06:40:13 (11d 19h 38m 13s)|
|22||S||Pro Services Plus||Jean-baptiste Lemaire||10/08/2012 at 07:51:19 (11d 20h 49m 19s)|
|23||S||C-Possible||Yoann Tricault||10/08/2012 at 08:40:13 (11d 21h 38m 13s)|
|24||S||Bingo||David Genest||10/08/2012 at 13:16:00 (12d 02h 14m 00s)|
|25||S||Aventure 05 Briancon||Christophe Fialon||10/08/2012 at 15:45:28 (12d 04h 43m 28s)|
|26||P||Adrenaline||Romain Mouchel||10/08/2012 at 19:08:55 (12d 08h 06m 55s)|
|27||S||Zebulon||Arnaud Gentien||11/08/2012 at 09:59:19 (12d 22h 57m 19s)|
|28||S||Koati||Emmanuel Renaud||11/08/2012 at 16:06:57 (13d 05h 04m 57s)|
|29||S||Mad Spaniel||Geoff Duniam||12/08/2012 at 00:30:09 (13d 13h 28m 09s)|
|ABD||Festival des Pains||Antoine Rioux|
|ABD||Felicity 2||Aron Meder|
|ABD||Hissons les voiles en Nord-pas De Calais||Julien Marcelet|
|ABD||Ft Marine||Hugo Plantet|
|ABD||Passion d'Avril||Francois Denis|