Lorient, where the heart is

Published on 27/08/2021

Landing in the heart of French ocean and offshore racing this Lorient stopover was also going to offer a great opportunity for some exceptional sailors to come and return to their roots. Even if they are not taking part in La Solitaire du Figaro this year the stop will welcome Jérémie Beyou, triple winner (2005, 2011, 2014), Yoann Richomme, double winner (2016 and 2019) and Alain Gautier, winner in 1989 (second in 1988 and 2003) in Lorient.

Yann Eliès, another three-time winner (2012, 2013 and 2015) has already been here to offer he support and encouragement and to see his old boat Morbic now in the hands of Violette Dorange (Devenir), the youngest participant on this 52nd edition of La Solitaire du Figaro. “I couldn’t help myself but be here, where else would I be?! » Admitted the 47-year-old skipper. He added “This first stage allowed things to be put in place, as they were in a way planned with an imperial Xavier Macaire who is good in all areas of the game, in speed and strategy. Still, I am impressed by the performance of Pierre Quiroga (Skipper Macif 2019). But I do I think we are going to have some surprises in this second part of the race. The big time gaps of this first race are less serious in my opinion than with the Figaro 2. The Figaro 3 is a faster boat which suggests that we will continue to see such types of gaps. who could reshuffle the cards, especially for those who are less than two hours from the leader. Especially since this 52nd edition is made of long stages, which will put a strain on the sailors, already tired. I cannot wait to follow this and I find it very good that the young generation present here has the chance to live this type of course and exceptional Solitaire. It’s good that it remains La Solitaire du Figaro remains an exceptional race ”.

Yann Eliès
Yann Eliès


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