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The Island of Lundy In the Setting Sun

Published on 07/09/2021

After the easterly wind built to 14-15 knots, the solo sailors have been able to head straight to Lundy Island for the first time of passing this storied Devon landmark for most in the fleet of the 52nd La Solitaire du Figaro. It is a small island, three miles long and half a mile wide. In the 13th century it was a base for marauding pirates. t is a nature reserve now managed by the Landmark Trust for the National Trust. In the 1920s it was owned by Martin Coles Harman who declared himself the King of Lundy Island and minted his own coins. Subsequently it was bought by Jack Hayward who gifted it to the National Trust. It lies about 11 miles off the North Devon coast.

It is the rookies who stayed inshore, while the leaders battled the strong currents offshore, who have benefited most and Marc Mallaret (CTB - Contrôles Technique Bateaux), Jules Delpech (Orcom), Damien Cloarec (Saferail) and Charlotte Yven (Team Vendée Formation) who lead as the fleet pass the island to port and set spinnakers for the 25 miles reach to Saint Gowan.

Rounding order at Lundy :

1- Marc Mallaret (Contrôles Techniques Bateaux)

2- Damien Cloarec (Safrail)

3- Jules Delpech (Orcom)

4- Charlotte Yven (Team Vendée Formation)

5- Corentin Horeau (Mutuelle Bleue pour l’Institut Curie)

6- Gaston Morvan (Bretagne - CMB Espoir)

7- Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF)

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