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Old 06-20-2013
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Re: Interesting Sailboats

On a slightly different topic, the final leg of the Solitaire de Figaro started a couple hours ago, from Roscoff to Dieppe. My man, Frédéric Duthil, tops the leader board and, considering this will be his last Figaro (so he said) after 10 of them, it would be great to go out on the top of the podium.

There was a very good interview with him on the event site where he discussed the leg and what he's anticipating. Noting that the forecast calls for 30-40 knots on the nose as the fleet rounds Cherbourg, he predicted that no doubt "idiots" (he used a stronger word) like him would immediately put up their spinnakers and go all in. Very funny and self-effacing fellow.

At the start, Michel Desjoyeux jumped out to a .2nm lead - the map tool visually distorts the actual distances, making leads appear larger than they are - but it was still quite surprising to see the Professor put the hammer down so quickly. Duthil is sitting in 11th but the entire fleet is all bunched at present.

Sadly, it looked like Alexis Loison (Groupe Fiva) collided with something. The start video showed his boat tied up alongside a wharf, then zoomed in to show the damage to his bow. The tracker has him in the race so perhaps it occurred before the start and he was able to continue? I didn't have the audio on so didn't hear the commentary about it. Hope he can keep going, after such a great first leg.

Anyway, it will all be settled soon, after which we can get ready for the Tour de France a la Voile (and that other Tour de France thing - the one where they ride bicycles on drugs).
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