01.09.20 14:45 CEST: position 16th / speed 8 knots / distance from leader 9.8 nautical miles
01.09.20 11:30 CEST: position 19th / speed 9.5 knots / distance from leader 18.4 nautical miles
The rich get richer
As the leaders continue to stretch away reaching new breezes first, those that follow suffer the consequences. Luck has certainly been a factor for some skippers who have watched fellow rivals power ahead with stronger local winds just tens of metres away. So far the shortest course has proved the most successful with Xavier Macaire of Group SNEF leading the fleet.
Closing into the second day of racing the front runners are expected to reach Fastnet Rock today and enjoy a speedy return back to Saint Brieuc – based on the original ETA of Wednesday PM.
11:00 CEST: position 15th / speed 1.3 knots / distance from leader 8.1 nautical miles
A testing start to La Solitaire du Figaro
Since yesterday’s 13:00 race start Phil Sharp has recovered well after being recalled to the start line having crossed moments before the gun.
Challenging light winds over night have caused the fleet to separate providing an advantage to the front runners who will catch the coming southwesterly winds first, but uncertainty remains as to who along the lateral separation will profit the most.
“It’s difficult to say because the ridge is quite wide with lots of small anticyclonic bubbles, which means that sometimes, some advance a little while others are completely stopped”, suggests Yann Chateau, assistant race director to Francis Le Goff.
All will be revealed later today…
Phil Sharp – Figaro 3 OceansLab – Credit Vincent Olivaud
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Full course map
- Saint Brieuc – Fastnet Rock – Saint Brieuc
- Sunday 30th August 13:00 CEST – Thursday 03rd September
- 642 nm
- Saint-Brieuc – Dunkerque
- Sunday 06th September 11:00 CEST – Wednesday 09th September
- 497 nm
- Dunkerque – Saint-Nazaire
- Saturday 12th September 17:00 CEST – Wednesday 16th September
- 504 nm
- Saint-Nazaire – Saint-Nazaire
- Friday 18th September 18:30 CEST – Saturday 19th September
- 183 nm