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Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire du Figaro - Perros-Guirrec FRA

Sunday, 31. July 2011– Wednesday, 24. August 2011

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Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Yann Eliès FRA crossed the finish line of leg 3 of the Solitaire 2012 as first with a 4 minutes advantage and is the undisputed overall winner ahead of Morgan Lagravière FRA, who is on the second position overall. Nicolas Lunven FRA completes the podium on rank 3. The final rankings, the reports and the videos.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
After rounding the Wolf Rock and the Fairway Island (near the Isle of Wight), the 35 solo-skippers are noe won the home stretch direction Cherbourg FRA reaching at speeds around 9 kn. The first boats will arrive by this afternoon. The yacht in front are now even closer together with the overall-leader Yann Eliès FRA ahead jointly with Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA. The persuers follow only a few hundred miles behind. The race remains fully open. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The 35 solo skippers are actually in a long upwind beat direction Wolf Rock South of Ireland to round this turning point this morning before heading back to France. The leading group - including the first-ranked overall - is still closely together, with Fabien Delahaye FRA 0,1 miles ahead of the overall-second Morgan Lagravière FRA. Nicolas Lunven FRA (backlog 0,8 miles) and Yann Eliès FRA (0,9 miles back) remain very close. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The 35 solo skippers of the Solitaire du Figaro have been sailing for almost 20 hours so far on their last leg from St-Gilles in Southern Britanny to Cherbourg at the English Channel, rounding the Wolfs Rock in the South of Ireland during their race. As always in this One-Design Class, the fleet stays closely together beating up along the shore of Britanny. The first leader this morning was Morgan Lagravière FRA, second overall, only 20 minutes behind the first. Nicolas Lunven FRA and Gildas Morvan FRA followed just behind with a 0,2, resp 0,4 miles backlog. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the start at St-Gilles.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Today by noon, the start to the third and last leg of the Solitaire will be given at St-Gilles, French Atlantic Coast. This 3rd leg is 486 miles long and leads from St-Gilles to the Wolf Rock at the South Coast of Ireland and back to Cherbourg FRA. Considering the small gaps between the teams - Yann Eliès FRA leads in the overall rankings with just 20 minute on Morgan Lagravière FRA - the decision will probably fall in the last miles of the race. The preview.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The winner of the last leg was once more Jérémy Beyou FRA, the superior winner of the 'Solitaire 2011', finishing three of the legs on the first position. His lead on the second Fabien Delahaye FRA in the final rankings is 34 min and 43. The third-ranked Erwin Tabarly is already over one hour behind. The finish at Dieppe was very tight, as the first four crossed the line within 35 seconds. The final report and the video of the finish.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
60 miles to go this morning at 5 a.m. for the leader Paul Meilhat FRA to the final arrival of the Solitaire at Dieppe. Eric Peron FRA is practically dead even, and Adrien Hardy FRA is only 0,5 miles behind. The South wind is responsible for a speed drag race and position changes are unlikely. Jérémy Beyou FRA has therefore excellent chance to be the overall winner, as this morning he was as 6th only 0,7 miles behind the leader and only 200 meters behind his first challenger Fabien Delahaye FRA, who has a 34 minutes backlog on Beyou. The first arrivals are expected for noon today. In addition to the difficult currents, a thick fog was hindering the navigation. The race-viewer, updated every 30 minutes, and the report of the day.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Contrary to the weather forecast predicting a thunderstrom, the 46 solo skippers started to the final leg of the Solitaire yesterday at Les Sables d'Olonne FRA in sunshine and around 12 kn wind in the direction of Dieppe. After a 6 miles round course off Les Sables, the fleet sailed a long Northwestern upwind leg along the South Coast of Brittany. This morning, the boats were still closely packed within 8 miles. Fréderic Rivet FRA was the leader 0,2 miles in front of Jérémy Beyou FRA and Faben Delahaye FRA, the two overall leaders. Morgan Lagravière FRA followed as 4th, and excellent entry to the offshore-oriented Béneteau Figaro after a successful 49er career. The positions, the report and the video of the start.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The weather forecast for today is highly complex for the start of the 4th and last leg of the 'Figaro-Solitaire'. Around noon, starting time, a thunderstorm disturbance will pass the French Coast, and rain and circling winds between 10 and 30 kn will accompany the 46 solo sailors on their way from the Sables d'Olonne northway direction Dieppe. Only the last 100 miles will probably be with a well established 25 kn Westerlyy allowing a fast downwind finish. The small gaps - Jérémy Beyou FRA has a 34 minutes lead on Fabien Delahaye FRA - and the strong tide current on this course will make the final phase of this years 'Solitaire' thrilling. The preview (in French) and in English.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The third and longest leg of the Solitaire ended yesterday early in the morning at Les Sables d'Olonne with short distances between the boats, and again, Jérémy Beyou FRA, the Vendée Globe experienced French skipper, was first 20 minutes ahead of Fabien Delahaye FRA. Adrien Hardy FRA on rank 3 followed 37 minutes behind. In the overall rankings, Béyou extended his lead to 34 minutes, depending on the meteo situation a rather small distance, considering the difficult last leg in the British Channel from Les Sables to Dieppe in strong currents. The departure is on Sunday. The report of the day and the videos of the arrival in a thunderstorm yesterday morning before sunrise !
Monday, December 29, 2014   
This morning, the first yachts will cross the finish line of the third leg at Sables d'Olonne erreichen. The speed-race direction France has been thrilling over the whole distance and the gaps between the one-designs remained very small. This morning at 5.30 CET with 20 miles to go, the leading Jérémy Beyou FRA was only 0.5 miles ahead of Fabien Delahaye FRA and Erwan Tabarly FRA. The event-website and the race-viewer with updates every half hour.
Monday, December 29, 2014   
After a reaching speed race across the Irish Sea during the last night, the 46 solo-skippers still in the race are on their direct way direction Les Sables d'Olonne across the English Channel in light winds, fighting against a strong tide current. The fleet is still very close together and the best tactical moves in the final approach will decide on the results. The three overall leaders are again on top with Jérémy Beyou FRA 1,2 miles in front of Nicolas Lunven FRA and 1,9 miles on Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA. The race-viewer and the event-website.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The 46 solo-skippers started yesterday to their second and with 475 miles longest leg of this years' 'Solitaire du Figaro' in a gusty 15 kn breeze. These favorable West wind conditions push the 10-meter-one-design yacht at speeds around 10 kn on a reaching course across the Irish Sea direction Land's End on the most South-Western point of England. Jérémy Beyou FRA is again leading, 0,6 miles ahead of Nicolas Lunven FRA, another contender for a top position. The standings at 4.30 h, the race-viewer and the video of the start.
Monday, December 29, 2014   
Today will be the start of leg 3 of the 'Solitaire' from Dun Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast to Les Sables d'Olonne FRA, with 475 miles the longest one. A Westerly breeze around 15 kn has been announced, and additional difficulties are ahead of the skippers when the tide current along the French Coast fills in.
Everything remains open in the overall rankings, as the advantage of the leader Jérémy Beyou FRA on Nicolas Lunven FRA is only 25 minutes and on Fabien Delahaye FRA 30 minutes. 20 more of the 49 participants still have chances for a ranking on the podium. The detailed preview in French and a preview in English.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
As to be expected yesterday morning, Jérémy Beyou FRA, experienced Vendee Globe skipper, defended his first position winning the second leg of the Solitaire with a 40 minutes' advantage on Fabien Delahaye FRA. With this victory, he took the lead in the overall rankings adhead of Nicolas Lunven FRA, who - coming from behind - finished on rank 7 at Dun Loaghaire. The report and the videos.
Monday, December 29, 2014   
at press date at 7 a.m. CET this morning, the leading Jérémy Beyou FGRA was 40 miles from the finish line at Dun Loaghaire, followed three miles back by Thierry Chabagny, Erwan Tabarly and Nicolas Lunven. The coming few hours will be decisive. The positions and the report of the day.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
During this morning, after crossing the British Channel, the fleet will round Lands-End, the most South-Westerly point of England, and go on the finishing straight to Dun Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast. The fleet is still closely packed within 15 miles, and the leading Eric Drouglazet FRA has an advance of only 0,1 miles (roughly 200 meters) on the 2nd Jean-Pierre Nicole FRA and 0,7 miles on the 3rd, the newbie in the class, Morgan Lagravière FRA, a 49er crack. There remain 230 miles to sail to the finish line, where the boats are supposed to arrive tomorrow afternoon. The race-viewer and the daily report.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The 49 solo skippers started yesterday at Caen to their second race of the Solitaire to Ireland in rain and a freshening Westerly breeze. This morning at 4.30 CET, Adrien Hardy FRA and Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA held jointly the first place, but the whole fleet is still together within 8 miles. Today, the wind will increase to over 30 kn and the tide current will add its ingredients to form a challenging choppy sea. The positions, the report about the start and the videos.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
After the first slow race leg of the Solitaire, the 49 solo sailors will be greeted by rough conditions when starting to the second leg at 16 hours CET this afternoon at Caen FRA. Initially with 10-15kn, lateron increasing to up to 30 kn, almost half of the 470 miles' race has to be sailed upwind in a fresh Westerly breeze and a rough sea. Only when redirecting to the Irish Sea - the destination port is Dún Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast - the wind might decrease somewhat, before filling in again strongly with depression building up in the approach to the finish. The preview (f). In the rankings of leg 1, Fabien Delahaye FRA is first only 11 minutes of Gildas Morvan FRA and Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Cast the anchor or not ... this was the question during the last miles of the race on the French Coast of the English Channel. Short little gusts permitted to make some distance from time to time, but in between, the current was stronger than the speed of the One-Design yachts. Fabien Delahaye FRA had no choice, as he was sailing over one of the deepest zone of the Channel with 50 meters to the ground. His luck was that he was the first to touch a wind stream propelling him on the positive side ot the tide current. He finished finally leg 1 as first with an 11 minutes advantage on Gildas Morvan FRA, followed by Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA on the 3rd place only 12 seconds behind. The first 30 participants crossed the finish line within an hour. The duel between the two women ended in favour of Jeanne Grégoire FRA as 14th, finishing just 32 seconds ahead of Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA. The results of leg 1 and the report. The start to the 2nd leg of 470 miles from Caen FRA to Dun Laoghaire IRL will follow on next Sunday.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The closely packed fleet has been crossing the British Channel with its heavy currents during the past night in a very light breeze, and in the early morning hours, a reshuffling of the top ranks happened when upcoming South-Easterly winds forced the boat to sail upwind. Gildas Morvan FRA is the new leader. Thomas Rouxel FRA, first when rounding the last mark at the English South Coast, dropped on rank 14, but his backlog is only 2,9 miles. The arrival is expected by this evening and the final rankings of leg one will be decided on the last miles only. The race-viewer and the report of the day. See also the video of the start of the race.
Monday, December 29, 2014   
The 49 Figaro solo skippers crossed the English Channel during this night and Jérémie Beyou FRA rounded the control mark at Hand Deeps as first. At present, Thomas Rouxel FRA is leading the fleet, but the gaps between the three top-ranked boats are minor (less than 0.5 miles), and everything can happen along the English Coast to the Needles at the most Western point of the Isle of Wight. The race viewer, the positions and the news.
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Today at Perros-Guirec in the North of the Bretagne, the start to the Solitaire du Figaro will be given, the highlight of the French One-Design-Single-Handed Class Bénéteau Figaro. The first leg goes to the English South Coast and back to Caen FRA. With 320 miles, this is the shortest of the four legs on the course. The announced light breeze paired with the strong current of the English Channel will make this race a difficult and selective one. Among the 49 participants from France, England, Germany and Portugal are this year's race winners Gildas Morvan FRA, Fabien Delahaye FRA and Francisco Lobato POR. With Jeanne Grégoire FRA and Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA, two women are also on the entry list. The preview.
 
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Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Yann Eliès FRA crossed the finish line of leg 3 of the Solitaire 2012 as first with a 4 minutes advantage and is the undisputed overall winner ahead of Morgan Lagravière FRA, who is on the second position overall. Nicolas Lunven FRA completes the podium on rank 3. The final rankings, the reports and the videos.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
After rounding the Wolf Rock and the Fairway Island (near the Isle of Wight), the 35 solo-skippers are noe won the home stretch direction Cherbourg FRA reaching at speeds around 9 kn. The first boats will arrive by this afternoon. The yacht in front are now even closer together with the overall-leader Yann Eliès FRA ahead jointly with Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA. The persuers follow only a few hundred miles behind. The race remains fully open. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The 35 solo skippers are actually in a long upwind beat direction Wolf Rock South of Ireland to round this turning point this morning before heading back to France. The leading group - including the first-ranked overall - is still closely together, with Fabien Delahaye FRA 0,1 miles ahead of the overall-second Morgan Lagravière FRA. Nicolas Lunven FRA (backlog 0,8 miles) and Yann Eliès FRA (0,9 miles back) remain very close. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The 35 solo skippers of the Solitaire du Figaro have been sailing for almost 20 hours so far on their last leg from St-Gilles in Southern Britanny to Cherbourg at the English Channel, rounding the Wolfs Rock in the South of Ireland during their race. As always in this One-Design Class, the fleet stays closely together beating up along the shore of Britanny. The first leader this morning was Morgan Lagravière FRA, second overall, only 20 minutes behind the first. Nicolas Lunven FRA and Gildas Morvan FRA followed just behind with a 0,2, resp 0,4 miles backlog. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the start at St-Gilles.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Today by noon, the start to the third and last leg of the Solitaire will be given at St-Gilles, French Atlantic Coast. This 3rd leg is 486 miles long and leads from St-Gilles to the Wolf Rock at the South Coast of Ireland and back to Cherbourg FRA. Considering the small gaps between the teams - Yann Eliès FRA leads in the overall rankings with just 20 minute on Morgan Lagravière FRA - the decision will probably fall in the last miles of the race. The preview.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The winner of the last leg was once more Jérémy Beyou FRA, the superior winner of the 'Solitaire 2011', finishing three of the legs on the first position. His lead on the second Fabien Delahaye FRA in the final rankings is 34 min and 43. The third-ranked Erwin Tabarly is already over one hour behind. The finish at Dieppe was very tight, as the first four crossed the line within 35 seconds. The final report and the video of the finish.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
60 miles to go this morning at 5 a.m. for the leader Paul Meilhat FRA to the final arrival of the Solitaire at Dieppe. Eric Peron FRA is practically dead even, and Adrien Hardy FRA is only 0,5 miles behind. The South wind is responsible for a speed drag race and position changes are unlikely. Jérémy Beyou FRA has therefore excellent chance to be the overall winner, as this morning he was as 6th only 0,7 miles behind the leader and only 200 meters behind his first challenger Fabien Delahaye FRA, who has a 34 minutes backlog on Beyou. The first arrivals are expected for noon today. In addition to the difficult currents, a thick fog was hindering the navigation. The race-viewer, updated every 30 minutes, and the report of the day.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Contrary to the weather forecast predicting a thunderstrom, the 46 solo skippers started to the final leg of the Solitaire yesterday at Les Sables d'Olonne FRA in sunshine and around 12 kn wind in the direction of Dieppe. After a 6 miles round course off Les Sables, the fleet sailed a long Northwestern upwind leg along the South Coast of Brittany. This morning, the boats were still closely packed within 8 miles. Fréderic Rivet FRA was the leader 0,2 miles in front of Jérémy Beyou FRA and Faben Delahaye FRA, the two overall leaders. Morgan Lagravière FRA followed as 4th, and excellent entry to the offshore-oriented Béneteau Figaro after a successful 49er career. The positions, the report and the video of the start.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The weather forecast for today is highly complex for the start of the 4th and last leg of the 'Figaro-Solitaire'. Around noon, starting time, a thunderstorm disturbance will pass the French Coast, and rain and circling winds between 10 and 30 kn will accompany the 46 solo sailors on their way from the Sables d'Olonne northway direction Dieppe. Only the last 100 miles will probably be with a well established 25 kn Westerlyy allowing a fast downwind finish. The small gaps - Jérémy Beyou FRA has a 34 minutes lead on Fabien Delahaye FRA - and the strong tide current on this course will make the final phase of this years 'Solitaire' thrilling. The preview (in French) and in English.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The third and longest leg of the Solitaire ended yesterday early in the morning at Les Sables d'Olonne with short distances between the boats, and again, Jérémy Beyou FRA, the Vendée Globe experienced French skipper, was first 20 minutes ahead of Fabien Delahaye FRA. Adrien Hardy FRA on rank 3 followed 37 minutes behind. In the overall rankings, Béyou extended his lead to 34 minutes, depending on the meteo situation a rather small distance, considering the difficult last leg in the British Channel from Les Sables to Dieppe in strong currents. The departure is on Sunday. The report of the day and the videos of the arrival in a thunderstorm yesterday morning before sunrise !
Sunday, December 28, 2014   
This morning, the first yachts will cross the finish line of the third leg at Sables d'Olonne erreichen. The speed-race direction France has been thrilling over the whole distance and the gaps between the one-designs remained very small. This morning at 5.30 CET with 20 miles to go, the leading Jérémy Beyou FRA was only 0.5 miles ahead of Fabien Delahaye FRA and Erwan Tabarly FRA. The event-website and the race-viewer with updates every half hour.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   
After a reaching speed race across the Irish Sea during the last night, the 46 solo-skippers still in the race are on their direct way direction Les Sables d'Olonne across the English Channel in light winds, fighting against a strong tide current. The fleet is still very close together and the best tactical moves in the final approach will decide on the results. The three overall leaders are again on top with Jérémy Beyou FRA 1,2 miles in front of Nicolas Lunven FRA and 1,9 miles on Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA. The race-viewer and the event-website.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The 46 solo-skippers started yesterday to their second and with 475 miles longest leg of this years' 'Solitaire du Figaro' in a gusty 15 kn breeze. These favorable West wind conditions push the 10-meter-one-design yacht at speeds around 10 kn on a reaching course across the Irish Sea direction Land's End on the most South-Western point of England. Jérémy Beyou FRA is again leading, 0,6 miles ahead of Nicolas Lunven FRA, another contender for a top position. The standings at 4.30 h, the race-viewer and the video of the start.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   
Today will be the start of leg 3 of the 'Solitaire' from Dun Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast to Les Sables d'Olonne FRA, with 475 miles the longest one. A Westerly breeze around 15 kn has been announced, and additional difficulties are ahead of the skippers when the tide current along the French Coast fills in.
Everything remains open in the overall rankings, as the advantage of the leader Jérémy Beyou FRA on Nicolas Lunven FRA is only 25 minutes and on Fabien Delahaye FRA 30 minutes. 20 more of the 49 participants still have chances for a ranking on the podium. The detailed preview in French and a preview in English.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
As to be expected yesterday morning, Jérémy Beyou FRA, experienced Vendee Globe skipper, defended his first position winning the second leg of the Solitaire with a 40 minutes' advantage on Fabien Delahaye FRA. With this victory, he took the lead in the overall rankings adhead of Nicolas Lunven FRA, who - coming from behind - finished on rank 7 at Dun Loaghaire. The report and the videos.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   
at press date at 7 a.m. CET this morning, the leading Jérémy Beyou FGRA was 40 miles from the finish line at Dun Loaghaire, followed three miles back by Thierry Chabagny, Erwan Tabarly and Nicolas Lunven. The coming few hours will be decisive. The positions and the report of the day.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
During this morning, after crossing the British Channel, the fleet will round Lands-End, the most South-Westerly point of England, and go on the finishing straight to Dun Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast. The fleet is still closely packed within 15 miles, and the leading Eric Drouglazet FRA has an advance of only 0,1 miles (roughly 200 meters) on the 2nd Jean-Pierre Nicole FRA and 0,7 miles on the 3rd, the newbie in the class, Morgan Lagravière FRA, a 49er crack. There remain 230 miles to sail to the finish line, where the boats are supposed to arrive tomorrow afternoon. The race-viewer and the daily report.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The 49 solo skippers started yesterday at Caen to their second race of the Solitaire to Ireland in rain and a freshening Westerly breeze. This morning at 4.30 CET, Adrien Hardy FRA and Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA held jointly the first place, but the whole fleet is still together within 8 miles. Today, the wind will increase to over 30 kn and the tide current will add its ingredients to form a challenging choppy sea. The positions, the report about the start and the videos.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
After the first slow race leg of the Solitaire, the 49 solo sailors will be greeted by rough conditions when starting to the second leg at 16 hours CET this afternoon at Caen FRA. Initially with 10-15kn, lateron increasing to up to 30 kn, almost half of the 470 miles' race has to be sailed upwind in a fresh Westerly breeze and a rough sea. Only when redirecting to the Irish Sea - the destination port is Dún Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast - the wind might decrease somewhat, before filling in again strongly with depression building up in the approach to the finish. The preview (f). In the rankings of leg 1, Fabien Delahaye FRA is first only 11 minutes of Gildas Morvan FRA and Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Cast the anchor or not ... this was the question during the last miles of the race on the French Coast of the English Channel. Short little gusts permitted to make some distance from time to time, but in between, the current was stronger than the speed of the One-Design yachts. Fabien Delahaye FRA had no choice, as he was sailing over one of the deepest zone of the Channel with 50 meters to the ground. His luck was that he was the first to touch a wind stream propelling him on the positive side ot the tide current. He finished finally leg 1 as first with an 11 minutes advantage on Gildas Morvan FRA, followed by Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA on the 3rd place only 12 seconds behind. The first 30 participants crossed the finish line within an hour. The duel between the two women ended in favour of Jeanne Grégoire FRA as 14th, finishing just 32 seconds ahead of Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA. The results of leg 1 and the report. The start to the 2nd leg of 470 miles from Caen FRA to Dun Laoghaire IRL will follow on next Sunday.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The closely packed fleet has been crossing the British Channel with its heavy currents during the past night in a very light breeze, and in the early morning hours, a reshuffling of the top ranks happened when upcoming South-Easterly winds forced the boat to sail upwind. Gildas Morvan FRA is the new leader. Thomas Rouxel FRA, first when rounding the last mark at the English South Coast, dropped on rank 14, but his backlog is only 2,9 miles. The arrival is expected by this evening and the final rankings of leg one will be decided on the last miles only. The race-viewer and the report of the day. See also the video of the start of the race.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   
The 49 Figaro solo skippers crossed the English Channel during this night and Jérémie Beyou FRA rounded the control mark at Hand Deeps as first. At present, Thomas Rouxel FRA is leading the fleet, but the gaps between the three top-ranked boats are minor (less than 0.5 miles), and everything can happen along the English Coast to the Needles at the most Western point of the Isle of Wight. The race viewer, the positions and the news.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Today at Perros-Guirec in the North of the Bretagne, the start to the Solitaire du Figaro will be given, the highlight of the French One-Design-Single-Handed Class Bénéteau Figaro. The first leg goes to the English South Coast and back to Caen FRA. With 320 miles, this is the shortest of the four legs on the course. The announced light breeze paired with the strong current of the English Channel will make this race a difficult and selective one. Among the 49 participants from France, England, Germany and Portugal are this year's race winners Gildas Morvan FRA, Fabien Delahaye FRA and Francisco Lobato POR. With Jeanne Grégoire FRA and Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA, two women are also on the entry list. The preview.
 
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Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Yann Eliès FRA crossed the finish line of leg 3 of the Solitaire 2012 as first with a 4 minutes advantage and is the undisputed overall winner ahead of Morgan Lagravière FRA, who is on the second position overall. Nicolas Lunven FRA completes the podium on rank 3. The final rankings, the reports and the videos.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
After rounding the Wolf Rock and the Fairway Island (near the Isle of Wight), the 35 solo-skippers are noe won the home stretch direction Cherbourg FRA reaching at speeds around 9 kn. The first boats will arrive by this afternoon. The yacht in front are now even closer together with the overall-leader Yann Eliès FRA ahead jointly with Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA. The persuers follow only a few hundred miles behind. The race remains fully open. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The 35 solo skippers are actually in a long upwind beat direction Wolf Rock South of Ireland to round this turning point this morning before heading back to France. The leading group - including the first-ranked overall - is still closely together, with Fabien Delahaye FRA 0,1 miles ahead of the overall-second Morgan Lagravière FRA. Nicolas Lunven FRA (backlog 0,8 miles) and Yann Eliès FRA (0,9 miles back) remain very close. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The 35 solo skippers of the Solitaire du Figaro have been sailing for almost 20 hours so far on their last leg from St-Gilles in Southern Britanny to Cherbourg at the English Channel, rounding the Wolfs Rock in the South of Ireland during their race. As always in this One-Design Class, the fleet stays closely together beating up along the shore of Britanny. The first leader this morning was Morgan Lagravière FRA, second overall, only 20 minutes behind the first. Nicolas Lunven FRA and Gildas Morvan FRA followed just behind with a 0,2, resp 0,4 miles backlog. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the start at St-Gilles.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Today by noon, the start to the third and last leg of the Solitaire will be given at St-Gilles, French Atlantic Coast. This 3rd leg is 486 miles long and leads from St-Gilles to the Wolf Rock at the South Coast of Ireland and back to Cherbourg FRA. Considering the small gaps between the teams - Yann Eliès FRA leads in the overall rankings with just 20 minute on Morgan Lagravière FRA - the decision will probably fall in the last miles of the race. The preview.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The winner of the last leg was once more Jérémy Beyou FRA, the superior winner of the 'Solitaire 2011', finishing three of the legs on the first position. His lead on the second Fabien Delahaye FRA in the final rankings is 34 min and 43. The third-ranked Erwin Tabarly is already over one hour behind. The finish at Dieppe was very tight, as the first four crossed the line within 35 seconds. The final report and the video of the finish.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
60 miles to go this morning at 5 a.m. for the leader Paul Meilhat FRA to the final arrival of the Solitaire at Dieppe. Eric Peron FRA is practically dead even, and Adrien Hardy FRA is only 0,5 miles behind. The South wind is responsible for a speed drag race and position changes are unlikely. Jérémy Beyou FRA has therefore excellent chance to be the overall winner, as this morning he was as 6th only 0,7 miles behind the leader and only 200 meters behind his first challenger Fabien Delahaye FRA, who has a 34 minutes backlog on Beyou. The first arrivals are expected for noon today. In addition to the difficult currents, a thick fog was hindering the navigation. The race-viewer, updated every 30 minutes, and the report of the day.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Contrary to the weather forecast predicting a thunderstrom, the 46 solo skippers started to the final leg of the Solitaire yesterday at Les Sables d'Olonne FRA in sunshine and around 12 kn wind in the direction of Dieppe. After a 6 miles round course off Les Sables, the fleet sailed a long Northwestern upwind leg along the South Coast of Brittany. This morning, the boats were still closely packed within 8 miles. Fréderic Rivet FRA was the leader 0,2 miles in front of Jérémy Beyou FRA and Faben Delahaye FRA, the two overall leaders. Morgan Lagravière FRA followed as 4th, and excellent entry to the offshore-oriented Béneteau Figaro after a successful 49er career. The positions, the report and the video of the start.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The weather forecast for today is highly complex for the start of the 4th and last leg of the 'Figaro-Solitaire'. Around noon, starting time, a thunderstorm disturbance will pass the French Coast, and rain and circling winds between 10 and 30 kn will accompany the 46 solo sailors on their way from the Sables d'Olonne northway direction Dieppe. Only the last 100 miles will probably be with a well established 25 kn Westerlyy allowing a fast downwind finish. The small gaps - Jérémy Beyou FRA has a 34 minutes lead on Fabien Delahaye FRA - and the strong tide current on this course will make the final phase of this years 'Solitaire' thrilling. The preview (in French) and in English.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The third and longest leg of the Solitaire ended yesterday early in the morning at Les Sables d'Olonne with short distances between the boats, and again, Jérémy Beyou FRA, the Vendée Globe experienced French skipper, was first 20 minutes ahead of Fabien Delahaye FRA. Adrien Hardy FRA on rank 3 followed 37 minutes behind. In the overall rankings, Béyou extended his lead to 34 minutes, depending on the meteo situation a rather small distance, considering the difficult last leg in the British Channel from Les Sables to Dieppe in strong currents. The departure is on Sunday. The report of the day and the videos of the arrival in a thunderstorm yesterday morning before sunrise !
Saturday, December 27, 2014   
This morning, the first yachts will cross the finish line of the third leg at Sables d'Olonne erreichen. The speed-race direction France has been thrilling over the whole distance and the gaps between the one-designs remained very small. This morning at 5.30 CET with 20 miles to go, the leading Jérémy Beyou FRA was only 0.5 miles ahead of Fabien Delahaye FRA and Erwan Tabarly FRA. The event-website and the race-viewer with updates every half hour.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   
After a reaching speed race across the Irish Sea during the last night, the 46 solo-skippers still in the race are on their direct way direction Les Sables d'Olonne across the English Channel in light winds, fighting against a strong tide current. The fleet is still very close together and the best tactical moves in the final approach will decide on the results. The three overall leaders are again on top with Jérémy Beyou FRA 1,2 miles in front of Nicolas Lunven FRA and 1,9 miles on Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA. The race-viewer and the event-website.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The 46 solo-skippers started yesterday to their second and with 475 miles longest leg of this years' 'Solitaire du Figaro' in a gusty 15 kn breeze. These favorable West wind conditions push the 10-meter-one-design yacht at speeds around 10 kn on a reaching course across the Irish Sea direction Land's End on the most South-Western point of England. Jérémy Beyou FRA is again leading, 0,6 miles ahead of Nicolas Lunven FRA, another contender for a top position. The standings at 4.30 h, the race-viewer and the video of the start.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   
Today will be the start of leg 3 of the 'Solitaire' from Dun Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast to Les Sables d'Olonne FRA, with 475 miles the longest one. A Westerly breeze around 15 kn has been announced, and additional difficulties are ahead of the skippers when the tide current along the French Coast fills in.
Everything remains open in the overall rankings, as the advantage of the leader Jérémy Beyou FRA on Nicolas Lunven FRA is only 25 minutes and on Fabien Delahaye FRA 30 minutes. 20 more of the 49 participants still have chances for a ranking on the podium. The detailed preview in French and a preview in English.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
As to be expected yesterday morning, Jérémy Beyou FRA, experienced Vendee Globe skipper, defended his first position winning the second leg of the Solitaire with a 40 minutes' advantage on Fabien Delahaye FRA. With this victory, he took the lead in the overall rankings adhead of Nicolas Lunven FRA, who - coming from behind - finished on rank 7 at Dun Loaghaire. The report and the videos.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   
at press date at 7 a.m. CET this morning, the leading Jérémy Beyou FGRA was 40 miles from the finish line at Dun Loaghaire, followed three miles back by Thierry Chabagny, Erwan Tabarly and Nicolas Lunven. The coming few hours will be decisive. The positions and the report of the day.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
During this morning, after crossing the British Channel, the fleet will round Lands-End, the most South-Westerly point of England, and go on the finishing straight to Dun Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast. The fleet is still closely packed within 15 miles, and the leading Eric Drouglazet FRA has an advance of only 0,1 miles (roughly 200 meters) on the 2nd Jean-Pierre Nicole FRA and 0,7 miles on the 3rd, the newbie in the class, Morgan Lagravière FRA, a 49er crack. There remain 230 miles to sail to the finish line, where the boats are supposed to arrive tomorrow afternoon. The race-viewer and the daily report.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The 49 solo skippers started yesterday at Caen to their second race of the Solitaire to Ireland in rain and a freshening Westerly breeze. This morning at 4.30 CET, Adrien Hardy FRA and Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA held jointly the first place, but the whole fleet is still together within 8 miles. Today, the wind will increase to over 30 kn and the tide current will add its ingredients to form a challenging choppy sea. The positions, the report about the start and the videos.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
After the first slow race leg of the Solitaire, the 49 solo sailors will be greeted by rough conditions when starting to the second leg at 16 hours CET this afternoon at Caen FRA. Initially with 10-15kn, lateron increasing to up to 30 kn, almost half of the 470 miles' race has to be sailed upwind in a fresh Westerly breeze and a rough sea. Only when redirecting to the Irish Sea - the destination port is Dún Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast - the wind might decrease somewhat, before filling in again strongly with depression building up in the approach to the finish. The preview (f). In the rankings of leg 1, Fabien Delahaye FRA is first only 11 minutes of Gildas Morvan FRA and Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Cast the anchor or not ... this was the question during the last miles of the race on the French Coast of the English Channel. Short little gusts permitted to make some distance from time to time, but in between, the current was stronger than the speed of the One-Design yachts. Fabien Delahaye FRA had no choice, as he was sailing over one of the deepest zone of the Channel with 50 meters to the ground. His luck was that he was the first to touch a wind stream propelling him on the positive side ot the tide current. He finished finally leg 1 as first with an 11 minutes advantage on Gildas Morvan FRA, followed by Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA on the 3rd place only 12 seconds behind. The first 30 participants crossed the finish line within an hour. The duel between the two women ended in favour of Jeanne Grégoire FRA as 14th, finishing just 32 seconds ahead of Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA. The results of leg 1 and the report. The start to the 2nd leg of 470 miles from Caen FRA to Dun Laoghaire IRL will follow on next Sunday.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The closely packed fleet has been crossing the British Channel with its heavy currents during the past night in a very light breeze, and in the early morning hours, a reshuffling of the top ranks happened when upcoming South-Easterly winds forced the boat to sail upwind. Gildas Morvan FRA is the new leader. Thomas Rouxel FRA, first when rounding the last mark at the English South Coast, dropped on rank 14, but his backlog is only 2,9 miles. The arrival is expected by this evening and the final rankings of leg one will be decided on the last miles only. The race-viewer and the report of the day. See also the video of the start of the race.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   
The 49 Figaro solo skippers crossed the English Channel during this night and Jérémie Beyou FRA rounded the control mark at Hand Deeps as first. At present, Thomas Rouxel FRA is leading the fleet, but the gaps between the three top-ranked boats are minor (less than 0.5 miles), and everything can happen along the English Coast to the Needles at the most Western point of the Isle of Wight. The race viewer, the positions and the news.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Today at Perros-Guirec in the North of the Bretagne, the start to the Solitaire du Figaro will be given, the highlight of the French One-Design-Single-Handed Class Bénéteau Figaro. The first leg goes to the English South Coast and back to Caen FRA. With 320 miles, this is the shortest of the four legs on the course. The announced light breeze paired with the strong current of the English Channel will make this race a difficult and selective one. Among the 49 participants from France, England, Germany and Portugal are this year's race winners Gildas Morvan FRA, Fabien Delahaye FRA and Francisco Lobato POR. With Jeanne Grégoire FRA and Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA, two women are also on the entry list. The preview.
 
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Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Yann Eliès FRA crossed the finish line of leg 3 of the Solitaire 2012 as first with a 4 minutes advantage and is the undisputed overall winner ahead of Morgan Lagravière FRA, who is on the second position overall. Nicolas Lunven FRA completes the podium on rank 3. The final rankings, the reports and the videos.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
After rounding the Wolf Rock and the Fairway Island (near the Isle of Wight), the 35 solo-skippers are noe won the home stretch direction Cherbourg FRA reaching at speeds around 9 kn. The first boats will arrive by this afternoon. The yacht in front are now even closer together with the overall-leader Yann Eliès FRA ahead jointly with Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA. The persuers follow only a few hundred miles behind. The race remains fully open. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The 35 solo skippers are actually in a long upwind beat direction Wolf Rock South of Ireland to round this turning point this morning before heading back to France. The leading group - including the first-ranked overall - is still closely together, with Fabien Delahaye FRA 0,1 miles ahead of the overall-second Morgan Lagravière FRA. Nicolas Lunven FRA (backlog 0,8 miles) and Yann Eliès FRA (0,9 miles back) remain very close. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The 35 solo skippers of the Solitaire du Figaro have been sailing for almost 20 hours so far on their last leg from St-Gilles in Southern Britanny to Cherbourg at the English Channel, rounding the Wolfs Rock in the South of Ireland during their race. As always in this One-Design Class, the fleet stays closely together beating up along the shore of Britanny. The first leader this morning was Morgan Lagravière FRA, second overall, only 20 minutes behind the first. Nicolas Lunven FRA and Gildas Morvan FRA followed just behind with a 0,2, resp 0,4 miles backlog. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the start at St-Gilles.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Today by noon, the start to the third and last leg of the Solitaire will be given at St-Gilles, French Atlantic Coast. This 3rd leg is 486 miles long and leads from St-Gilles to the Wolf Rock at the South Coast of Ireland and back to Cherbourg FRA. Considering the small gaps between the teams - Yann Eliès FRA leads in the overall rankings with just 20 minute on Morgan Lagravière FRA - the decision will probably fall in the last miles of the race. The preview.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The winner of the last leg was once more Jérémy Beyou FRA, the superior winner of the 'Solitaire 2011', finishing three of the legs on the first position. His lead on the second Fabien Delahaye FRA in the final rankings is 34 min and 43. The third-ranked Erwin Tabarly is already over one hour behind. The finish at Dieppe was very tight, as the first four crossed the line within 35 seconds. The final report and the video of the finish.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
60 miles to go this morning at 5 a.m. for the leader Paul Meilhat FRA to the final arrival of the Solitaire at Dieppe. Eric Peron FRA is practically dead even, and Adrien Hardy FRA is only 0,5 miles behind. The South wind is responsible for a speed drag race and position changes are unlikely. Jérémy Beyou FRA has therefore excellent chance to be the overall winner, as this morning he was as 6th only 0,7 miles behind the leader and only 200 meters behind his first challenger Fabien Delahaye FRA, who has a 34 minutes backlog on Beyou. The first arrivals are expected for noon today. In addition to the difficult currents, a thick fog was hindering the navigation. The race-viewer, updated every 30 minutes, and the report of the day.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Contrary to the weather forecast predicting a thunderstrom, the 46 solo skippers started to the final leg of the Solitaire yesterday at Les Sables d'Olonne FRA in sunshine and around 12 kn wind in the direction of Dieppe. After a 6 miles round course off Les Sables, the fleet sailed a long Northwestern upwind leg along the South Coast of Brittany. This morning, the boats were still closely packed within 8 miles. Fréderic Rivet FRA was the leader 0,2 miles in front of Jérémy Beyou FRA and Faben Delahaye FRA, the two overall leaders. Morgan Lagravière FRA followed as 4th, and excellent entry to the offshore-oriented Béneteau Figaro after a successful 49er career. The positions, the report and the video of the start.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The weather forecast for today is highly complex for the start of the 4th and last leg of the 'Figaro-Solitaire'. Around noon, starting time, a thunderstorm disturbance will pass the French Coast, and rain and circling winds between 10 and 30 kn will accompany the 46 solo sailors on their way from the Sables d'Olonne northway direction Dieppe. Only the last 100 miles will probably be with a well established 25 kn Westerlyy allowing a fast downwind finish. The small gaps - Jérémy Beyou FRA has a 34 minutes lead on Fabien Delahaye FRA - and the strong tide current on this course will make the final phase of this years 'Solitaire' thrilling. The preview (in French) and in English.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The third and longest leg of the Solitaire ended yesterday early in the morning at Les Sables d'Olonne with short distances between the boats, and again, Jérémy Beyou FRA, the Vendée Globe experienced French skipper, was first 20 minutes ahead of Fabien Delahaye FRA. Adrien Hardy FRA on rank 3 followed 37 minutes behind. In the overall rankings, Béyou extended his lead to 34 minutes, depending on the meteo situation a rather small distance, considering the difficult last leg in the British Channel from Les Sables to Dieppe in strong currents. The departure is on Sunday. The report of the day and the videos of the arrival in a thunderstorm yesterday morning before sunrise !
Friday, December 26, 2014   
This morning, the first yachts will cross the finish line of the third leg at Sables d'Olonne erreichen. The speed-race direction France has been thrilling over the whole distance and the gaps between the one-designs remained very small. This morning at 5.30 CET with 20 miles to go, the leading Jérémy Beyou FRA was only 0.5 miles ahead of Fabien Delahaye FRA and Erwan Tabarly FRA. The event-website and the race-viewer with updates every half hour.
Friday, December 26, 2014   
After a reaching speed race across the Irish Sea during the last night, the 46 solo-skippers still in the race are on their direct way direction Les Sables d'Olonne across the English Channel in light winds, fighting against a strong tide current. The fleet is still very close together and the best tactical moves in the final approach will decide on the results. The three overall leaders are again on top with Jérémy Beyou FRA 1,2 miles in front of Nicolas Lunven FRA and 1,9 miles on Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA. The race-viewer and the event-website.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The 46 solo-skippers started yesterday to their second and with 475 miles longest leg of this years' 'Solitaire du Figaro' in a gusty 15 kn breeze. These favorable West wind conditions push the 10-meter-one-design yacht at speeds around 10 kn on a reaching course across the Irish Sea direction Land's End on the most South-Western point of England. Jérémy Beyou FRA is again leading, 0,6 miles ahead of Nicolas Lunven FRA, another contender for a top position. The standings at 4.30 h, the race-viewer and the video of the start.
Friday, December 26, 2014   
Today will be the start of leg 3 of the 'Solitaire' from Dun Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast to Les Sables d'Olonne FRA, with 475 miles the longest one. A Westerly breeze around 15 kn has been announced, and additional difficulties are ahead of the skippers when the tide current along the French Coast fills in.
Everything remains open in the overall rankings, as the advantage of the leader Jérémy Beyou FRA on Nicolas Lunven FRA is only 25 minutes and on Fabien Delahaye FRA 30 minutes. 20 more of the 49 participants still have chances for a ranking on the podium. The detailed preview in French and a preview in English.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
As to be expected yesterday morning, Jérémy Beyou FRA, experienced Vendee Globe skipper, defended his first position winning the second leg of the Solitaire with a 40 minutes' advantage on Fabien Delahaye FRA. With this victory, he took the lead in the overall rankings adhead of Nicolas Lunven FRA, who - coming from behind - finished on rank 7 at Dun Loaghaire. The report and the videos.
Friday, December 26, 2014   
at press date at 7 a.m. CET this morning, the leading Jérémy Beyou FGRA was 40 miles from the finish line at Dun Loaghaire, followed three miles back by Thierry Chabagny, Erwan Tabarly and Nicolas Lunven. The coming few hours will be decisive. The positions and the report of the day.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
During this morning, after crossing the British Channel, the fleet will round Lands-End, the most South-Westerly point of England, and go on the finishing straight to Dun Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast. The fleet is still closely packed within 15 miles, and the leading Eric Drouglazet FRA has an advance of only 0,1 miles (roughly 200 meters) on the 2nd Jean-Pierre Nicole FRA and 0,7 miles on the 3rd, the newbie in the class, Morgan Lagravière FRA, a 49er crack. There remain 230 miles to sail to the finish line, where the boats are supposed to arrive tomorrow afternoon. The race-viewer and the daily report.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The 49 solo skippers started yesterday at Caen to their second race of the Solitaire to Ireland in rain and a freshening Westerly breeze. This morning at 4.30 CET, Adrien Hardy FRA and Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA held jointly the first place, but the whole fleet is still together within 8 miles. Today, the wind will increase to over 30 kn and the tide current will add its ingredients to form a challenging choppy sea. The positions, the report about the start and the videos.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
After the first slow race leg of the Solitaire, the 49 solo sailors will be greeted by rough conditions when starting to the second leg at 16 hours CET this afternoon at Caen FRA. Initially with 10-15kn, lateron increasing to up to 30 kn, almost half of the 470 miles' race has to be sailed upwind in a fresh Westerly breeze and a rough sea. Only when redirecting to the Irish Sea - the destination port is Dún Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast - the wind might decrease somewhat, before filling in again strongly with depression building up in the approach to the finish. The preview (f). In the rankings of leg 1, Fabien Delahaye FRA is first only 11 minutes of Gildas Morvan FRA and Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Cast the anchor or not ... this was the question during the last miles of the race on the French Coast of the English Channel. Short little gusts permitted to make some distance from time to time, but in between, the current was stronger than the speed of the One-Design yachts. Fabien Delahaye FRA had no choice, as he was sailing over one of the deepest zone of the Channel with 50 meters to the ground. His luck was that he was the first to touch a wind stream propelling him on the positive side ot the tide current. He finished finally leg 1 as first with an 11 minutes advantage on Gildas Morvan FRA, followed by Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA on the 3rd place only 12 seconds behind. The first 30 participants crossed the finish line within an hour. The duel between the two women ended in favour of Jeanne Grégoire FRA as 14th, finishing just 32 seconds ahead of Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA. The results of leg 1 and the report. The start to the 2nd leg of 470 miles from Caen FRA to Dun Laoghaire IRL will follow on next Sunday.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The closely packed fleet has been crossing the British Channel with its heavy currents during the past night in a very light breeze, and in the early morning hours, a reshuffling of the top ranks happened when upcoming South-Easterly winds forced the boat to sail upwind. Gildas Morvan FRA is the new leader. Thomas Rouxel FRA, first when rounding the last mark at the English South Coast, dropped on rank 14, but his backlog is only 2,9 miles. The arrival is expected by this evening and the final rankings of leg one will be decided on the last miles only. The race-viewer and the report of the day. See also the video of the start of the race.
Friday, December 26, 2014   
The 49 Figaro solo skippers crossed the English Channel during this night and Jérémie Beyou FRA rounded the control mark at Hand Deeps as first. At present, Thomas Rouxel FRA is leading the fleet, but the gaps between the three top-ranked boats are minor (less than 0.5 miles), and everything can happen along the English Coast to the Needles at the most Western point of the Isle of Wight. The race viewer, the positions and the news.
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Today at Perros-Guirec in the North of the Bretagne, the start to the Solitaire du Figaro will be given, the highlight of the French One-Design-Single-Handed Class Bénéteau Figaro. The first leg goes to the English South Coast and back to Caen FRA. With 320 miles, this is the shortest of the four legs on the course. The announced light breeze paired with the strong current of the English Channel will make this race a difficult and selective one. Among the 49 participants from France, England, Germany and Portugal are this year's race winners Gildas Morvan FRA, Fabien Delahaye FRA and Francisco Lobato POR. With Jeanne Grégoire FRA and Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA, two women are also on the entry list. The preview.
 
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Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Yann Eliès FRA crossed the finish line of leg 3 of the Solitaire 2012 as first with a 4 minutes advantage and is the undisputed overall winner ahead of Morgan Lagravière FRA, who is on the second position overall. Nicolas Lunven FRA completes the podium on rank 3. The final rankings, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
After rounding the Wolf Rock and the Fairway Island (near the Isle of Wight), the 35 solo-skippers are noe won the home stretch direction Cherbourg FRA reaching at speeds around 9 kn. The first boats will arrive by this afternoon. The yacht in front are now even closer together with the overall-leader Yann Eliès FRA ahead jointly with Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA. The persuers follow only a few hundred miles behind. The race remains fully open. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The 35 solo skippers are actually in a long upwind beat direction Wolf Rock South of Ireland to round this turning point this morning before heading back to France. The leading group - including the first-ranked overall - is still closely together, with Fabien Delahaye FRA 0,1 miles ahead of the overall-second Morgan Lagravière FRA. Nicolas Lunven FRA (backlog 0,8 miles) and Yann Eliès FRA (0,9 miles back) remain very close. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The 35 solo skippers of the Solitaire du Figaro have been sailing for almost 20 hours so far on their last leg from St-Gilles in Southern Britanny to Cherbourg at the English Channel, rounding the Wolfs Rock in the South of Ireland during their race. As always in this One-Design Class, the fleet stays closely together beating up along the shore of Britanny. The first leader this morning was Morgan Lagravière FRA, second overall, only 20 minutes behind the first. Nicolas Lunven FRA and Gildas Morvan FRA followed just behind with a 0,2, resp 0,4 miles backlog. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the start at St-Gilles.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Today by noon, the start to the third and last leg of the Solitaire will be given at St-Gilles, French Atlantic Coast. This 3rd leg is 486 miles long and leads from St-Gilles to the Wolf Rock at the South Coast of Ireland and back to Cherbourg FRA. Considering the small gaps between the teams - Yann Eliès FRA leads in the overall rankings with just 20 minute on Morgan Lagravière FRA - the decision will probably fall in the last miles of the race. The preview.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The winner of the last leg was once more Jérémy Beyou FRA, the superior winner of the 'Solitaire 2011', finishing three of the legs on the first position. His lead on the second Fabien Delahaye FRA in the final rankings is 34 min and 43. The third-ranked Erwin Tabarly is already over one hour behind. The finish at Dieppe was very tight, as the first four crossed the line within 35 seconds. The final report and the video of the finish.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
60 miles to go this morning at 5 a.m. for the leader Paul Meilhat FRA to the final arrival of the Solitaire at Dieppe. Eric Peron FRA is practically dead even, and Adrien Hardy FRA is only 0,5 miles behind. The South wind is responsible for a speed drag race and position changes are unlikely. Jérémy Beyou FRA has therefore excellent chance to be the overall winner, as this morning he was as 6th only 0,7 miles behind the leader and only 200 meters behind his first challenger Fabien Delahaye FRA, who has a 34 minutes backlog on Beyou. The first arrivals are expected for noon today. In addition to the difficult currents, a thick fog was hindering the navigation. The race-viewer, updated every 30 minutes, and the report of the day.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Contrary to the weather forecast predicting a thunderstrom, the 46 solo skippers started to the final leg of the Solitaire yesterday at Les Sables d'Olonne FRA in sunshine and around 12 kn wind in the direction of Dieppe. After a 6 miles round course off Les Sables, the fleet sailed a long Northwestern upwind leg along the South Coast of Brittany. This morning, the boats were still closely packed within 8 miles. Fréderic Rivet FRA was the leader 0,2 miles in front of Jérémy Beyou FRA and Faben Delahaye FRA, the two overall leaders. Morgan Lagravière FRA followed as 4th, and excellent entry to the offshore-oriented Béneteau Figaro after a successful 49er career. The positions, the report and the video of the start.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The weather forecast for today is highly complex for the start of the 4th and last leg of the 'Figaro-Solitaire'. Around noon, starting time, a thunderstorm disturbance will pass the French Coast, and rain and circling winds between 10 and 30 kn will accompany the 46 solo sailors on their way from the Sables d'Olonne northway direction Dieppe. Only the last 100 miles will probably be with a well established 25 kn Westerlyy allowing a fast downwind finish. The small gaps - Jérémy Beyou FRA has a 34 minutes lead on Fabien Delahaye FRA - and the strong tide current on this course will make the final phase of this years 'Solitaire' thrilling. The preview (in French) and in English.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The third and longest leg of the Solitaire ended yesterday early in the morning at Les Sables d'Olonne with short distances between the boats, and again, Jérémy Beyou FRA, the Vendée Globe experienced French skipper, was first 20 minutes ahead of Fabien Delahaye FRA. Adrien Hardy FRA on rank 3 followed 37 minutes behind. In the overall rankings, Béyou extended his lead to 34 minutes, depending on the meteo situation a rather small distance, considering the difficult last leg in the British Channel from Les Sables to Dieppe in strong currents. The departure is on Sunday. The report of the day and the videos of the arrival in a thunderstorm yesterday morning before sunrise !
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
This morning, the first yachts will cross the finish line of the third leg at Sables d'Olonne erreichen. The speed-race direction France has been thrilling over the whole distance and the gaps between the one-designs remained very small. This morning at 5.30 CET with 20 miles to go, the leading Jérémy Beyou FRA was only 0.5 miles ahead of Fabien Delahaye FRA and Erwan Tabarly FRA. The event-website and the race-viewer with updates every half hour.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
After a reaching speed race across the Irish Sea during the last night, the 46 solo-skippers still in the race are on their direct way direction Les Sables d'Olonne across the English Channel in light winds, fighting against a strong tide current. The fleet is still very close together and the best tactical moves in the final approach will decide on the results. The three overall leaders are again on top with Jérémy Beyou FRA 1,2 miles in front of Nicolas Lunven FRA and 1,9 miles on Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA. The race-viewer and the event-website.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The 46 solo-skippers started yesterday to their second and with 475 miles longest leg of this years' 'Solitaire du Figaro' in a gusty 15 kn breeze. These favorable West wind conditions push the 10-meter-one-design yacht at speeds around 10 kn on a reaching course across the Irish Sea direction Land's End on the most South-Western point of England. Jérémy Beyou FRA is again leading, 0,6 miles ahead of Nicolas Lunven FRA, another contender for a top position. The standings at 4.30 h, the race-viewer and the video of the start.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
Today will be the start of leg 3 of the 'Solitaire' from Dun Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast to Les Sables d'Olonne FRA, with 475 miles the longest one. A Westerly breeze around 15 kn has been announced, and additional difficulties are ahead of the skippers when the tide current along the French Coast fills in.
Everything remains open in the overall rankings, as the advantage of the leader Jérémy Beyou FRA on Nicolas Lunven FRA is only 25 minutes and on Fabien Delahaye FRA 30 minutes. 20 more of the 49 participants still have chances for a ranking on the podium. The detailed preview in French and a preview in English.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
As to be expected yesterday morning, Jérémy Beyou FRA, experienced Vendee Globe skipper, defended his first position winning the second leg of the Solitaire with a 40 minutes' advantage on Fabien Delahaye FRA. With this victory, he took the lead in the overall rankings adhead of Nicolas Lunven FRA, who - coming from behind - finished on rank 7 at Dun Loaghaire. The report and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
at press date at 7 a.m. CET this morning, the leading Jérémy Beyou FGRA was 40 miles from the finish line at Dun Loaghaire, followed three miles back by Thierry Chabagny, Erwan Tabarly and Nicolas Lunven. The coming few hours will be decisive. The positions and the report of the day.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
During this morning, after crossing the British Channel, the fleet will round Lands-End, the most South-Westerly point of England, and go on the finishing straight to Dun Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast. The fleet is still closely packed within 15 miles, and the leading Eric Drouglazet FRA has an advance of only 0,1 miles (roughly 200 meters) on the 2nd Jean-Pierre Nicole FRA and 0,7 miles on the 3rd, the newbie in the class, Morgan Lagravière FRA, a 49er crack. There remain 230 miles to sail to the finish line, where the boats are supposed to arrive tomorrow afternoon. The race-viewer and the daily report.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The 49 solo skippers started yesterday at Caen to their second race of the Solitaire to Ireland in rain and a freshening Westerly breeze. This morning at 4.30 CET, Adrien Hardy FRA and Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA held jointly the first place, but the whole fleet is still together within 8 miles. Today, the wind will increase to over 30 kn and the tide current will add its ingredients to form a challenging choppy sea. The positions, the report about the start and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
After the first slow race leg of the Solitaire, the 49 solo sailors will be greeted by rough conditions when starting to the second leg at 16 hours CET this afternoon at Caen FRA. Initially with 10-15kn, lateron increasing to up to 30 kn, almost half of the 470 miles' race has to be sailed upwind in a fresh Westerly breeze and a rough sea. Only when redirecting to the Irish Sea - the destination port is Dún Laoghaire at the Irish East Coast - the wind might decrease somewhat, before filling in again strongly with depression building up in the approach to the finish. The preview (f). In the rankings of leg 1, Fabien Delahaye FRA is first only 11 minutes of Gildas Morvan FRA and Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Cast the anchor or not ... this was the question during the last miles of the race on the French Coast of the English Channel. Short little gusts permitted to make some distance from time to time, but in between, the current was stronger than the speed of the One-Design yachts. Fabien Delahaye FRA had no choice, as he was sailing over one of the deepest zone of the Channel with 50 meters to the ground. His luck was that he was the first to touch a wind stream propelling him on the positive side ot the tide current. He finished finally leg 1 as first with an 11 minutes advantage on Gildas Morvan FRA, followed by Jean-Pierre Nicol FRA on the 3rd place only 12 seconds behind. The first 30 participants crossed the finish line within an hour. The duel between the two women ended in favour of Jeanne Grégoire FRA as 14th, finishing just 32 seconds ahead of Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA. The results of leg 1 and the report. The start to the 2nd leg of 470 miles from Caen FRA to Dun Laoghaire IRL will follow on next Sunday.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
The closely packed fleet has been crossing the British Channel with its heavy currents during the past night in a very light breeze, and in the early morning hours, a reshuffling of the top ranks happened when upcoming South-Easterly winds forced the boat to sail upwind. Gildas Morvan FRA is the new leader. Thomas Rouxel FRA, first when rounding the last mark at the English South Coast, dropped on rank 14, but his backlog is only 2,9 miles. The arrival is expected by this evening and the final rankings of leg one will be decided on the last miles only. The race-viewer and the report of the day. See also the video of the start of the race.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
The 49 Figaro solo skippers crossed the English Channel during this night and Jérémie Beyou FRA rounded the control mark at Hand Deeps as first. At present, Thomas Rouxel FRA is leading the fleet, but the gaps between the three top-ranked boats are minor (less than 0.5 miles), and everything can happen along the English Coast to the Needles at the most Western point of the Isle of Wight. The race viewer, the positions and the news.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Courcoux-Marmara)
Today at Perros-Guirec in the North of the Bretagne, the start to the Solitaire du Figaro will be given, the highlight of the French One-Design-Single-Handed Class Bénéteau Figaro. The first leg goes to the English South Coast and back to Caen FRA. With 320 miles, this is the shortest of the four legs on the course. The announced light breeze paired with the strong current of the English Channel will make this race a difficult and selective one. Among the 49 participants from France, England, Germany and Portugal are this year's race winners Gildas Morvan FRA, Fabien Delahaye FRA and Francisco Lobato POR. With Jeanne Grégoire FRA and Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA, two women are also on the entry list. The preview.
 
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