• North Or South Decision


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    THE BAY OF SEINE FOR FIRST JUSTICE OF THE PEACE!
    Published on 09/13/2020

    A relatively peaceful night, spent sliding at a small trot and under a gennaker along the chalk cliffs of the Opal Coast, abruptly followed this morning, barely adorned with the Daffodils buoy in front of Dieppe, the start of the first major maneuvers of this third stage of La Solitaire du Figaro, between Dunkirk and Loire-Atlantique (492 miles). The first to clearly announce his intentions, a certain Yann Eliès (Quéguiner Matériaux - Leukémie Espoir) who was pushing his bar frankly in the already weakening south-easterly wind, to point his bow towards the center of the Channel and move away from the coast. Loïs Berrehar (Bretagne CMB Performance), leader as far as Dieppe following a perfectly controlled night slide, chose to stay on the coast. Between these two options, now more than 25 miles in latitude, there were a few, and not the least favored, Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire), Eric Péron (French Touch) to choose a middle route. Object of these bets, the arrival in the Bay of Seine of a vast winding "tongue", an anticyclonic outgrowth, a barometric marsh stretched across the road towards the tip of Cotentin. North East-East wind expected, weak at first, then increasing at the end of the afternoon. Games are made. It remains to be seen which Northerners or Southerners will first touch the windfall. North East-East wind expected, weak at first, then increasing at the end of the afternoon. Games are made. It remains to be seen who of the Northerners or Southerners will first touch the windfall. North East-East wind expected, weak at first, then increasing at the end of the afternoon. Games are made. It remains to be seen which Northerners or Southerners will first touch the windfall.









    The Bay of Seine is a lake….

    Yann Eliès had announced it, he wanted to be inspired by Armel Le Cléac'h to follow his instincts, and push his shots to the limit. “ The stage lends itself perfectly to this, ” added Francis Le Goff, race director. “ The weather configuration, coupled with the decisive play of the Cotentin tides, will push the riders to drastic choices. This seems to be the case in the negotiations this afternoon for the calm "whites" which are overwhelming the surroundings of Pointe Cauchoise and as far as the beaches of Calvados. " The sea is a lake " describes Le Goff, " but a lake strewn with an incredible amount of algae.»Another component of this game, already so delicate and so risky, of the placement on the water and the evolution of the Figaro Bénéteau 3 in the calm, the concern of having at any time to fight to free around the appendages these long brownish algae. But these vicissitudes very present in the minds of the 2 women and the 31 men still in the race, are also very probably obscured by the real stake of the coming hours to come, the landing on the Cotentin point, its two capes of Barfleur and de la Hague, inseparable from the Barfleur and Blanchard razes. With around sixty miles to cover to cross the Bay of the Seine, the solo sailors hope to catch the right wagon of the tide, which is still falling and therefore favorable. " Catching the current in Barfleur seems playable»Analyzes Francis Le Goff. " But to follow up with Blanchard seems more random ..."













    Race against time to benefit from the currents ...

    It will be understood that the calm hours ahead are crucial, and every minute now counts. The return of the wind from the North-East poses two questions in the middle of the afternoon. Who southerners and northerners will touch it first? But above all, the Northerners, still credited at the time of writing with a slight lead of 4 to 5 miles over the peloton, will they have accumulated enough to counter the return of the Southerners better placed to progress with a better angle? to the North-East wind towards the North Cotentin?

    These are the challenges of the placement quests observed this afternoon off the coast of the Pays de Caux. We will have to wait until late tonight to really count the winners and losers of these options full of risk and panache. This stage of all the dangers, all the difficulties is also that of all the risk-taking, the strokes of luck and the lack of pot so typical of what offshore racing in a Figaro Bénéteau 3 monotype is.
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