Published on 02/09/2020
Every day while the 35 skippers on La Solitaire du Figaro are racing we publish the analysis of an race expert. This Wednesday, less than 24 hours from the finish, Yoann Richomme, double winner of the event (2016 and 2019).
“In the end the finish of this stage is strategically not very complicated, it is mostly a speed test as it will mostly be reaching to get to Saint-Quay-Portrieux. All are going to have to go fast, and if it’s a bit breezy they will have to go fast at the helm.
Afterwards, the level of fatigue of each of them will be take its toll. I have a feeling there are some who really pushed last night, did they do that on autopilot and time in the bunk or were they focused on the helm and trimming? I can’t say who did what but we saw differences in speed, especially Alexis Loison who really came back well. So we can expect it to be a bit the same until the line with fatigue causing small differences in speed.
For the moment, Xavier Macaire is not far from having had the perfect race, he is sailing as the boss, he took a middle option from the start until Scilly which also seemed to me the best and the least risky, there was just Armel (Le Cléac’h) who tried something else and succeeded, but with a fairly significant risk-reward. But Xavier managed to stay in front of Armel at the Fastnet with a little covering gybe when he could have done it differently and let it slip. So I think he is generally confident, he manages his competitors behind him with good control, he has everything a fleet leader needs on this first stage. If he has managed to perform well since the start of the stage while resting, he must be generally confident
Among the nice surprises of this stage, which is long and complicated at times, I would highlight Elodie (Bonafous), she did well at almost all speeds. Being in the top pack like that as a rookie is no mean feat, chapeau! I am quite impressed. “
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