• Follow Nathalie Criou, the ONLY American, in La Solitaire !!!!

    Nathalie Criou is racing a Beneteau Figaro under the Richmond Yacht Club Foundation burgee. She is the ONLY American in the race - and, correct me if I am wrong, might be the only American EVER to compete in the Mother of All Offshore Races (former champions include The Jackal and Le Professeur!). She is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of conquering cancer an is realizing her childhood dream of racing La Solitaire.

    (photo by B. Gergaud)

    She is also one of 6 women competitors and 9 amateurs ("bizuth"). Nat is racing against some proven Vendee sailors including Yann Elias and Jeremie Beyou. This is pretty amazing, People!!!

    (Nathalie Criou (Richmond Yacht Club Foundation) starts la Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro 2017. Photo © Alexis Courcoux.)

    She is co-founder of Ride Pal and an avid SF Bay/Pacific Ocean crewed, double-hahanded, and single-handed racer (prior boat was Elise (Express 27), current is Envolee (Figaro 2). AND she is just a super cool person. She has conquered the hurdles of not having a huge sponsor like most of her competitors and being able to take more than 10 days of vacation. Europeans and the sailing pros don't have such restrictive limitations.

    ( photo © Erik Simonson http://www.pressure-drop.us">www.pressure-drop.us )

    While Nat had to abandon Leg 1 (along with 6 others) due to safety reasons after some brutal conditions in the Bay of Biscay. BUT she will restart on 10 June. Please follow (sail number 20) and cheer for her.

    Race Sked:
    Leg 1 - 4 June from Paulliac, Bordeaux to Gijon, France (525 nm)
    Leg 2 - 10 June from Gijon to Concarneau (520 nm)
    Leg 3 - 16 June Concarneau loop (150 nm)
    Leg 4 - 19 June Concarneau to Dieppe (505 nm)

    Race Tracker: http://www.lasolitaire-urgo.com/en/cartographie

    Nat's Skipper Profile: http://www.lasolitaire-urgo.com/en/s...nathalie-criou

    Race News: http://www.lasolitaire-urgo.com/en/news

    Nat's Envolee blog is here: http://envoleeadventures.blogspot.fr

    The Magenta Project: http://themagentaproject.org/offshor...rgo-le-figaro/

    Go Nat Go!!!
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