Win and Spin
Offshore racing doesn’t get much closer than the finish of the Solitaire du Figaro Dingle to Dieppe leg. After 511 miles and right to the very end it was almost impossible to pick the winner. The 10 leading boats streamed across the line in a little under 12 minutes and it was Antoine Koch who crossed first, followed by Nicolas Troussel and Thomas Rouxel. The big winner Nicolas Lunven was fourth but it was enough to take the title of overall winner on accumulated time across all four legs. Despite the exciting close finish, it was something else that caught our eye, as reports came in, an Artemis press release extolling the virtues of Jonny Malbon:
“In a close fought end to this notorious race, Jonny Malbon onboard Artemis, completed the gruelling Solitaire du Figaro with an impressive final leg into Dieppe after over 75 hours at sea. It was a tense finish for the fleet but for Jonny it was his best position yet, gaining 10 places overnight and leaving previous winners of the event in his wake.”
Sounds good, if you think impressive means finishing 36th in the leg, 47th overall out of 52 starters and 10th out of 11 rookies. What we’d like to know is why Artemis goes on providing this no hoper with boats and talks him up like that. Maybe it’s time for Clean to get stuck into a bit of investigative journalism.
Malbon’s next race will be double handed, with his boat captain Nick Bubb, in the upcoming “Tour de Bretagne” (Round Brittany), which starts from Saint Malo on the 5th of September. Sure will be interesting to see if there’s a Bubb effect. Pic of Lunven arriving by Jean-Marie Liot and more here.