As planned, at 12:08 this Thursday, the big race for the 20 th Solo Maître CoQ kicked off off Les Sables d’Olonne. The 30 Figarists in the running then set off for a 340-mile loop between Ré, Yeu, Belle-Ile and the Rochebonne plateau, propelled by a south-easterly breeze blowing between 12 and 14 knots.

It was in close ranks, led by Alexis Loison (REEL Group), that they then began their descent towards the Ile de Ré. Where, shortly after the overflow of the Baleines lighthouse, the situation should get much worse with a transition phase to be negotiated.

A delicate phase that could well be the key point of the course before a clear strengthening of the wind and, by extension, an end of the race at top speed! Photo Copyright: Vincent Olivaud.

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