Wednesday, August 24, 2011

La Solitaire du Figaro : near photo finish in leg 4

Live AIS tracking of the arrival in Dieppe with the Marine GeoGarage
(with positions updated every 7 seconds)

An incredible finish to the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro!
Jeremie Beyou (BPI) won leg four by just 12 seconds, with Paul Meilhat (Macif 2011), Fabien Delehaye (Port de Caen Ouistream) and Erwan Tabarly (Nacarat)
all finishing within 38 seconds of Beyou after 430 miles and 72 hours of intense racing.

From VendeeGlobe

Jérémie Beyou gave us a real masterpiece of sailing today.

Dominating throughout this 2011 Solitaire du Figaro, he was not about to let anyone else take victory in this final leg, which set off from Les Sables d'Olonne three days ago... just as in two of the previous legs between Caen and Dublin and between Dublin and Les Sables d'Olonne.

Simply magical.
It is all the more impressive when we remember that he dominated 99% of the first leg – between Perros-Guirec and Caen via the south of England – before a change in the weather enabled the runner-up Fabien Delahaye to take over.
Third place on the podium goes to Erwan Tabarly after a determined struggle.

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