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    The (big) sprint is on!

    The 33 Figarists involved in the 19th edition of the Solo Ma?tre CoQ got to the heart of the matter on Tuesday. At 11:50 am, with a very slight delay on the scheduled time, they set off on the long course of the event, propelled by a northerly wind blowing between 10 and 12 knots. A flow which should however ease during the afternoon and switch to the northwest, thus making the first miles of the race to the Ile de R? tricky, the bypass of which also promises to be subtle and probably decisive. It is, in fact, a safe bet that those who have taken the advantage on this section of the course will take an interesting option for the future which may quickly resemble a sprint race. In short, take care of your trajectories and settings,





    After three days devoted to the various gauge and safety checks, the 33 competitors in the Solo Ma?tre CoQ therefore began the debates this Tuesday at the end of the morning. Taking advantage of a light northerly wind, they quickly set sail towards the Ile de R? after rounding a release buoy in the bay of Les Sables d'Olonne. A mark that Ma?l Garnier (AGEAS - Team Baie de Saint-Brieuc) overtook the lead ahead of Laurent Bourgu?s (United for Ukraine 56), Jules Delpech (Orcom), Gaston Morvan (Brittany Region - CMB Espoir), Nils Palmieri ( TeamWork), Lo?s Berrehar (Skipper Macif 2022) and Tom Laperche (Brittany Region – Performance), the defending champion, aware that the first hours of the race promise to be relatively crucial. "This afternoon, it's going to be quite calm but with a lot of strategy to reach the Ile de R? bridge,” said the Trinitain, shortly before leaving the Vend?e Globe pontoon in Port Olona. In fact, the northerly flow that currently accompanies them will gradually ease and then turn northwest over the course of the day.


    A possibly decisive tour of the Ile de R?


    It will therefore be necessary to show finesse and keep an eye open even if it is undoubtedly the bypass of the island - which the first should complete around 9-10 p.m. this evening - which is likely to prove to be the more trapper. “ The Tour de R? is always quite complex and this will be confirmed once again this year because we are going against the current. To succeed in advancing relatively quickly, it will be necessary to go and play close to the coast. It's going to be quite physical because we'll have to chain tacks,” assures Tom Laperche. An opinion shared by Lo?s Berrehar (Skipper Macif 2022):“The passage to the south of the Ile de R? will indeed be important and we will have to position ourselves well. Probably go racing a little close to the rocks. It will be necessary to balance things between the danger and the gain in performance. It's going to be a fairly decisive moment because afterwards, it risks being above all a speed race”. And for good reason, according to the latest weather files, the ascent to Belle-Ile should be upwind on one tack. Ditto for the long descent to Rochebonne, but downwind. Still, if, therefore, speed will certainly have the upper hand, everything will not be as simple as it seems, as always.









    Speed, sinews of war


    “ Even when it seems easy there are, in reality, all the time little details to be worked out. We will have to succeed in putting on some coal at the right times but also, in my opinion, succeed in being very lucid on the section between Belle-Ile and Rochebonne, and engage well to put people behind and make the break. This is all the more true as the last miles remain very uncertain, with no doubt changes in the weather. Clearly, the goal will not be to economize but rather to go all out. If we have to finish a little in the hard, it will not be a problem because we leave, in principle, for a little less than 48 hours at sea”,indicated his team mate, Gaston Morvan (Brittany Region – CMB Espoir). The first could well, in fact, come full circle on Thursday morning. Unless the small ridge that is pointing the tip of its nose off Les Sables d'Olonne decides to make them play extra time...











    They said :
    Alexis Thomas (Charente Maritime) :“It will be interesting to be able to do this first race of the season with a fairly stable weather system. We shouldn't have many surprises during the race. This will allow us to gauge our speed since there will be no extreme option to try. Positioning will make the difference because as we know, in the Figaro, the fleet sails very tightly together. For my part, I've had quite a few little problems to sort out on the boat in recent days. I don't have a trainer. It generated a bit of last-minute stress, but this is my second year on the circuit and I'm still approaching the race much more calmly than last year. There's no reason it can't go well. I know how to boat, I know where to go and go fast. We'll see, but there's no point in putting pressure on yourself. ?


    Alan Roberts (SeaCat Services):"I had Covid-19 a few weeks ago and I'm still in the recovery phase but I really want to go racing and I'm excited for this first event of the season. The first part of the race, between this afternoon and tomorrow morning, will be very important because there will be transition phases, the wind will be quite unstable and there will be currents to play with. We will have to find the right balance in terms of risk taking. I haven't sailed a lot in the Figaro this winter because I've been on other projects, but I'm here to win despite everything. I have been on the circuit for several years now. I think I have the experience and can play at the head of the fleet. You have to be good, make the right decisions, go fast and push hard because it will only last 48 hours. ?


    Corentin Horeau (Blue Mutual): “It's the first race of the season and I can't wait to go. The objective is to show that we are present, that we are in the game from the outset. The conditions will be nice. It's going to be a nice course, with a lot of things to play. The start of the race will be quite important. The passage of the Ile de R?, as usual, will not be easy. We will have to go play on the coast but avoid ending up at the beach. At the beginning of the night, there will be an important tacking point to place. Then, it will be a long straight edge to Belle-Ile. Speed ​​will be the key word. We will have to be careful not to get trapped in Belle-Ile with the thermal depending on the timing at which we will arrive. Better to be in front. Unity, trust and speed will be important. All that I have. I proved it this winter in training so now it's up to me to do the job and not look too much at others. I'm not used to saying that, but I come to win and make an impression from the start. ?











    ?lodie Bonafous (Qu?guiner – La Vie en Rose) :“As usual, there's always a bit of stress the morning of a race start, but it's positive stress. Once on the water, I'm in my bubble and everything is better. Either way, I'm really looking forward to it. The first few hours will be really important, especially when bypassing the Ile de R?, because then the edge to go up to Belle-Ile risks being a long straight. They are likely to dictate the rest of the race a little. It will therefore be crucial to get off to a good start and to be on the alert. Even if it's going to be a little complicated, it's going to be pretty cool overall because at the most we should have between 20 and 22 knots of wind. It should be softer at the end. So we're going to have a bit of everything but not extreme conditions, unless we end up in the ridge, with two knots of wind ahead of Les Sables d'Olonne, which we're not really hoping for. The key will be to be able to listen to each other well, to manage the rhythm well and to be at the helm at the right times.?


    Achille Nebout (Amarris - Primeo Energie) :“I feel good, I feel ready. This is my fourth participation in the event. I have automatisms that I am starting to put in place to prepare it. I lose much less energy than before. I have confidence in my trainer and I know what I have to do. We are starting to get to know this course well, even if it is different each time. There, it's going to be fun, with good conditions since we're going to have between 15 and 20 knots over a good majority of the route. So it's going to be a little toned while being manageable, and it's going to go pretty quickly. There are some uncertainties regarding the night from Wednesday to Thursday. For the rest, we know that speed will be an important factor. We know that the wind will switch between the northwest and the northeast and we will have to manage this switch to make the shortest route. The trick will be to manage to stay flat out until the end. To be in the top five would be great. I finished 8th last year so gaining a few places would be great, but as it's still the first race of the season, I'm not putting a lot of pressure on myself. Above all, I want to sail well and apply what I learned in training this winter. ?


    Laurent Givry (Cape Horn) :“I obviously feel a little tense, since it's my first race. As soon as the start is launched, it will be better. I know I can go fast and I know how to do things. Now I'm going to compete against the pros and the guys are super good. It's quite a challenge for me. I like solitary. I feel good on board but I'm going to have to be careful not to burn myself out. I have already planned the times when I will be able to rest a little depending on the weather. If I manage to protect myself well and not put myself in the red, I will manage to do things correctly. The start is going to be a bit hot. My plan is not to fight at all, to have clear wind to go. The passage to the south island will probably be a little hot but the rest will be fine. I don't see anything that could scare me. It's not going to beat too much. I will do my best. ?



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    Corentin Horeau (Mutuelle Bleue) crossed the finish line of the big race of the 19th edition of the Solo Ma?tre CoQ in 1st position this Thursday April 21 at 11h35'13".



    Crossing the line in 2nd position for Tom Laperche
    Tom Laperche (R?gion Bretagne CMB performance) crossed the finish line of the big race of the 19th edition of the Solo Ma?tre CoQ in 2nd position this Thursday, April 21 at 12:26 p.m.; 17"".





    Crossing the line in 3rd position for Guillaume Pirouelle
    Guillaume Pirouelle (Normandy Region) crossed the finish line of the big race of the 19th edition of the Solo Ma?tre CoQ in 2nd position this Thursday April 21 at 12:27; 35"".



    Corentin Horeau wins the day


    The end of the course of the great race of the 19th edition of the Solo Ma?tre CoQ promised to be potentially delicate with the forecast collapse of the wind during the night. It turned out to be literally epic, with formidable soft spots, putting the sailors' nerves on edge then reshuffling the cards a few cables from the finish. Around 9 a.m., Corentin Horeau (Mutuelle Bleue) finally took advantage of a slight shift further offshore than his opponents to win the bet, then blowing the victory that seemed promised to Tom Laperche (R?gion Bretagne – CMB Performance). Proof, once again, that in offshore racing, before crossing the line, nothing is ever written!

    This Thursday, April 21, at 11:35 a.m., Corentin Horeau crossed the finish line of the great Solo Ma?tre CoQ race, thus completing the 327-mile course between Belle-Ile, R? and Yeu in the lead after a little less than 48 hours at sea. " This victory is obviously very pleasing ", declared the skipper of Mutuelle Bleue, author of a very nice achievement, less than 20 miles from Les Sables d'Olonne. “ During the 2014 edition, Gildas Mah? did the same thing and he won. I had this memory engraved in a corner of the head. In addition, going into the Pertuis d'Antioche, in the soft and with the current, I did not feel it too much. For me, it was a blow to be forced to anchor so as not to end up on the coast“, detailed the Trinitain who thus rose from fifth to first place. “ We knew that if the wind came back, it would be out to sea first. At one point, I hit 7 knots of wind and found myself on the direct course. From then on, I said to myself that it felt good for me even if it remained very irregular. Suddenly it started again, suddenly it came back. It remained capricious until the end but I knew that it was less hard for me than for the others, closer to the ground , "detailed Corentin who finally won with a lead of 51 minutes over his pursuer. the closest.


    Cards redistributed but confidence gained despite everything

    “ I said it even before the start: my objective was to win this offshore race. The important thing was to make an impression from the first confrontation of the season. It's done and it's well done ”, added the navigator who oscillated for a long time between 4th and 6th places before making the difference. "I got off to a bad start but quickly came back. Despite everything, I still have work to do technically, in particular to gain speed compared to guys like Tom Laperche and Lo?s Berrehar. They sailed really well in this race. Better than me, I dare say. However, I am very happy with what I did. I sailed by letting go of my shots and not looking at the others. I know that in general, when I race like that, things go well so I no longer deprive myself ", added Corentin Horeau who confirms, in fact, that he will undoubtedly be one of the men to beat this season. . Same thing for Tom Laperche, who made a strong impression throughout the course, dominating him a large part of the time. "I gave it my all and sailed well in this great race. I'm obviously a little disappointed not to win it in the end, but at the same time I could see that I was able to lead more than half the time, at least until we got there. 'stuck in the soft stuff ', recounted the skipper of R?gion Bretagne – CMB Performance, who experienced a few difficult hours during the night and this morning, particularly in the south-west of the Ile de R?. “ I found myself in zero knots of wind, with swell and current, doing 360? without controlling anything at all. It really wasn't easy but as I had prepared for it, I didn't freak out.“Said the Morbihannais who managed to save his place on the podium, unlike Lo?s Berrehar (Skipper Macif 2022) who had to settle for 5th place when he too had dominated the debates for a large part. of the race. He is without a doubt the one who paid the hardest for the calm of the last miles, which, moreover, made the business of Guillaume Pirouelle (Normandy Region).


    Coastal routes on the program of the suite


    The latter however did not steal his 3rd place. Quite the contrary even. If he had already stood out in the double-handed events last year alongside Alexis Loison, the sailor has confirmed that even single-handed, he was particularly solid. "I'm really happy to finish 3rd. It's true that during training, I could already see that I was in the game, but it's great to confirm it with more than 30 boats around you in the race. I managed the first legs well which allowed me to be in the game quickly. I found myself in the pack of the first five and then I whipped to keep up the pace, especially on the long, unbridled upwind leg between Yeu and Belle-Ile. I knew it could be the time to rest a little but also to be able to take a break with those behind. So I hardly slept. The end of the race was long and difficult, with significant holes without wind. It was going all over the place but I fought well until the end. Now, there are the small courses of Saturday and Sunday,?, finished Guillaume who will certainly be very comfortable on this type of exercise after his long years at the highest level in the 470. In the meantime, like the others, he will enjoy a well-deserved day of rest this Friday.




    Crossing order of the Grande Course line
    4 - Alan Roberts - Seacat Services at 12h30m11s
    5 - Lo?s Berrehar - Skipper Macif 2022 at 12h33m10s
    6 - Achille Nebout - Amarris Primeo Energie at 12h34m50s
    7- Pep Costa - Team Play to B at 12h42m38s
    8 - Erwan Le Draoulec - at 12h 46m 01s
    9 - Philippe Hartz – French Navy-Foundation of the sea at 12h54m
    10 – Gaston Morvan – Brittany Region CMB Espoir at 12:57 p.m.
    11 – Ma?l Garnier – AGEAS – Team Bay of St Brieuc at 1:01 p.m.
    12 – Robin Marais – My luck too at 1:01 p.m.
    13 – Arthur Hubert - Monatoutenergie.fr at 1:10 p.m.
    14 – Alberto Bona – IBSA at 1:11 p.m.
    15 – Jorg Riechers – Alva Yachts at 1:14 p.m.
    16 – Laurent Bourgues – United for Ukraine 56 at 1:14 p.m.
    17 – Basile Bourgnon – Edenred at 1:14 p.m.
    18 – Nils Palmieri - Teamwork at 1:15 p.m.
    19 – Jules Delpech – Orcom at 1:15 p.m.
    20 – Kenneth Rumbal – Offshore Racing Academy at 1:17 p.m.
    21 – Tom Dolan – Smurfit Kappa Kingspan at 1:18 p.m.
    22 – Elodie Bonafous – Qu?guiner – La Vie en Rose at 1:19 p.m.
    23 – Violette Dorange – Becoming at 1:20 p.m.
    24 – Charlotte Yven – Team Vend?e Formation-Botte Fondations at 1:23 p.m.
    25 – Robin Follin - The municipalities of the Gulf – 1:29 p.m.
    26 – Romen Richard - Passion for health – Trans-forme at 1:41 p.m.
    27 – Chlo? Le Bars – Brittany Region CMB Oc?ane at 2:02 p.m.
    28 – Alexis Thomas – Charente Maritime at 2:16 p.m.
    29 – David Paul – Your name here at 3:23 p.m.
    30 - Sanni Beucke - this race is female at 4:01 p.m.
    31 - Laurent Givry - Cape Horn at 4:37 p.m.
    32 - Piers Copham - Veil of Angels at 5:03 p.m.


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