Armel le Cleac’h has won overall victory in the 51st edition of the Solitiare du Figaro after the fourth and final leg – which had already been shortened from 183 to just 83 miles – has been abandoned entirely due to a lack of wind. The 43 year old Banque Populaire skipper now joins the ultra-exclusive club of 3-time Solitaire winners, which includes the likes of such legends as Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean le Cam, Yann Elies, Jeremie Beyou and Phillippe Poupon. For le Cleac’h, it’s sweet redemption after a brutal couple of years that included two capsizes and the destruction of a brand-new maxi trimaran. Up against the ropes, the current Vendée Globe champ poured his heart and soul into training in his Beneteau Figaro 3 and has been rewarded with his first overall victory in a decade.
Frederic Duthil on Technique Voile – Cabinet Bourhis Generali, who went from last place on the third leg to take an improbable and decisive victory, finishes second overall, just 10 minutes behind le Cleac’h. Young Tom Laperche on Bretagne CMB Espoir rounds out the podium a further 50 minutes back of Duthil. Irishman Tom Dolan finishes fifth as the top foreign sailor, while Kevin Bloch wins the Bizuth (rookie) division.