Midday Analysis by Nico Lunven

Published on 31/08/2020

Twice overall winner of La Solitaire du Figaro, Nicolas Lunven gives his thoughts on the first few hours of this 51st La Solitaire du Figaro

Alexis Courcoux/La Solitaire du Figaro
Alexis Courcoux/La Solitaire du Figaro

“The night was not easy: when you take a good look at everyone’s tracks, you can see that some people even went backwards a bit, but all seem to have managed to get to the west and there, at the end of the morning, they are not very far from being out of the worst of this “calm”. They should be able to get into a little more established S’ly wind. From the strategic point of view it seems that the middle group which is the biggest with Xavier Macaire, Corentin Douguet and Tom Laperche at the front, will likely do the best.”

“ I have the impression that it is those who are more in the west will get into the new wind first, so it is probably looking best for this group in particular compared to the southerly group which is at the same longitude in terms of getting west but they are behind in terms of the most direct course. So I’m not sure those in the south can get to the wind before the middle group. They may also have a less good angle to the wind.”

“As for those who went north Armel Le Cléac’h, Frédéric Duthil and Yann Eliès, unfortunately that did not work out for them. And as in terms of longitude they are now quite back from the front group, so there position seems complicated to me. If I put my mouse on Armel’s boat which is quite back, the gap between it and the front of the fleet is about 17 miles which cannot be good, especially as in the short term the rich will continue to get richer. But that is not the end for them as there may still be a lot of twists and turns, especially with this Figaro Bénéteau 3 which has a much more variable speed potential than the previous boat. This new boat is able to accelerate quicker at certain angles and can, at times, knots more, that immediately makes a big difference. So I think we have to get used to having bigger gaps than what we knew in the Figaro 2, that means gaps that open can be closed as quick, or quicker!”

Ranking at 12 noon: 1. Xavier Macaire (SNEF Group), 2. Corentin Douguet (NF Habitat), 3. Tom Laperche (Bretagne CMB Espoir), 4. Fabien Delahaye (Laboratoires Gilbert), 5. Loïs Berrehar (Bretagne CMB Performance)


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