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Laperche leads, Los Farallones turn this afternoon, Rumball abandoned

Published on 06/09/2022

The leading peloton are upwind this morning in a breeze of around 20kts which is picking up as they come increasingly under the influence the depression which is centred south of Ireland. The group has split slightly according to how the skippers believe the little front will get to them allowinf them to tack south in the W’ly breeze giving them their layline to the Los Farallones mark which the top boats should reach around 1630hrs local time this afternoon. The question is when the front arrives and if it advantages the skippers to the north enough.

© Alexis Courcoux
© Alexis Courcoux

The top two skippers on the general classification split apart in the night, with Tom Laperche (Région Bretagne-CMB Performance) now leading Stage 3 as Guillaume Pirouelle (Région Normandie) to windward and a little back to now lie 12th 3,4 miles behind the leader. PIrouelle actually took a short tack south in light winds around 0100hrs last night.

And so about 20 nautical miles separates the most northern boat – Briton Alan Roberts (Seacat Services) from Davy Beaudart (Nauty’mor) closest to the Spanish coast.

Reporting in this morning Yann Chateau, Race Director said, “After a relatively calm day yesterday without big changes in the breeze we saw the wind move to the west at the start of last night and around 0100hrs it has built with around three metres of sea with 20-22kts of wind. The boats are on port tack this morning. They will start to tack on to starboard as they pick their layline to the mark but there can be two hours between the first and last tacking.”

Davy Beaudart (Nauty’mor): “The conditions are still manageable but we should have a front pass this the morning. This is what we are going to look for, normally with a small swing to the West and a tack to descend towards Farallones. I had some guys o leeward a little earlier, but now I am alone, I only seeing the lights of the Spanish coast on the port side. I’m not sure if my positioning is favorable. Either way, I’m where I wanted to be. My idea was to go a little closer to the coast to have a little less wind and sea upwind on a direct route. We’ll see…I’m trying to rest a bit before going to the front. On the Figaro 3, if you want to attack a little, you have to be in good shape. We expect a rather sporty last 24 hours. The more rest you store, the better. Especially since there is no point in staying at the helm in the middle of the night upwind. And the boat is already ready to face the next conditions. I really anticipate so as not to be overtaken by events. I just have to wait for the wind! »

Ireland’s Kenny Rumball was forced to abandon last night due to persistent electronics problems, such as he suffered on Leg 1. With the last 24 hours of the stage expected to be a fast downwind the lack of a reliable pilot would have been an impossible situation, he is due back in Lorient Wednesday morning

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