The start of the 17th edition of the Solo Maître CoQ was given this Thursday at 1:15 pm, off Sables d’Olonne. The 30 sailors in the running then set off on a 340-mile course between Belle-Ile, Yeu and Ré, propelled by a northwest wind blowing between 5 and 6 knots.
A flow that quickly ran out of steam to almost completely desert the water during the ascent to the rescue buoy, literally breaking up the fleet. Well inspired in these small erratic tunes, Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) was the first to turn south towards the Île de Ré. Re where the game could get tough again, the fault of a small residual cloudy front likely to sow discord in large within the fleet, in the evening and in the first part of the night.
For Figaristes, the challenge for the next few hours is therefore not to miss the train at the risk of never being able to return to the score. Photo copyright ©Christophe Breschi.