• A Tight Race To The Finish

    It took a strong composure and a bit of success to win these 48 hours Azimut.

    Undecided until the end, they consecrate for the second consecutive year Jérémie Beyou (Charal), opportunist hunter finding at the level of the island of Groix the breath of saving air. Samantha Davies takes second place and Isabelle Joschke completes the podium.

    The minimal differences at the finish owe a lot to the conditions but also demonstrate the high sporting level of the event.

    “ We knew it was going to catch fire with the wind falling before the line. With Sam (Davies), our position as hunters was not bad and we had to pull the right edges to get the ball to the bottom. I missed others and I contributed enough in my life to know that all this is fragile but it's still nice to win! Jérémie Beyou had the modest triumph on the pontoons of Lorient-La Base after this incredible finish of the 48 Hours run as a stage of the Solitaire du Figaro.

    All morning, however, observers relied on Charlie Dalin (Apivia) who was still in the lead 12 miles from the line after dominating 80% of the course. Then on Kevin Escoffier (PRB) who slipped in his wind and still seemed to be in control of the situation 4 miles from goal. But this edition was not for them ...

    Hunters and hunted
    Transformed into a lake at the stroke of 11 o'clock, the body of water took on the air of wasteland. With clear ideas, Jérémie Beyou was heading for the coast, keeping the wind the longest and touching the new zephyr at the best angle, followed a few lengths by Initiatives-Coeur. The return of the breeze also propelled Isabelle Joschke (MACSF) onto the podium, while Clarisse Crémer (Banque Populaire X) followed in fourth place. Three women in the top four, many were enthusiastic on the pontoons of Lorient-La Base about this unprecedented result in ocean racing.

    Performances on all floors
    If Charal signs the double in the Défi Azimut and remains undefeated this year, these 48 hours Azimut also honor the boats of previous generations. Because before the finish upset the established order, Clarisse Cremer, fifth, had shown that Banque Populaire X remains a formidable machine up close, capable of winning over the best. PRB dating from the same period but equipped with foils was also the author of a nice comeback following the tackings last night.

    And in terms of new foilers, these 48 hours Azimut also confirm the potential of L'Occitane en Provence by Armel Tripon. Very comfortable on reaching of course but also in the upwind stroke, the Nantes skipper finished in twelfth place which does not at all reflect the appearance of his race contested at the forefront.

    The whole fleet tonight
    While the first thirteen are moored in the port and everyone is doing the regatta again, Lorient-La Base is now awaiting the last competitors who should cross the line in the early evening. An ideal timing which will give everyone a good night's rest before the tour of the island of Groix tomorrow. Departure tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. for the last act of this tenth Azimut Challenge.

    Top 10 ranking
    1. Charal (Jérémie Beyou), 1d 20h 56min et 59sec
    2. Initiatives Cœur (Samantha Davies), 2 min and 38 sec from the leader
    3. MACSF (Isabelle Joschke), 17 min

    4. Banque Populaire X (Clarisse Crémer), at 23 min and 40 sec
    5. PRB (Kevin Escoffier), at 36 min and 34 sec
    6. Arkéa Paprec (Sébastien Simon), at 42 min and 44 sec
    7. Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco (Boris Herrmann), at 42 min and 56 sec
    8. Apivia (Charlie Dalin), at 1:14 and 10 sec
    9. Linkedout (Tomas Roût), at 1:17 and 41 sec
    10. Groupe APICIL (Damien Seguin), at 01:33 and 12 sec
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