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Aug 03 2011

 

aFabien Delahaye Wins On Home Waters
At 13:14:36 on Tuesday 2nd of August, Fabien Delahaye crossed the finish line to win the first leg of La Solitaire du Figaro between Perros-Guirec and Caen in first place. The Normandy skipper sailing on Port Caen Ouistreham took just over 2 days, or 50 hours 14 minutes and 36 seconds, at an average 5.83 miles an hour to cover the 293.1 miles course that was full of surprises.
The final stages of the race were played out overnight on Monday in the light conditions and currents off the Cotentin coastline. Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert), the highly experienced Figaro sailor, finished just behind to take the second place whilst Jean Pierre Nicol (Bernard Controls) takes third to complete the podium. Xavier Macaire (Starter Active Bridge) comes in first rookie in 5th place, barely a minute ahead of Phil Sharp (Spirit of Independence), the first British sailor to finish, crossing the line in 7th and just 15 minutes and 4 seconds behind the leader. The first thirty skippers to cross the finish line are within an 60-minute time deficit on the leader.
The first leg win goes to a native Normandy sailor, Fabien Delahaye (he lives in Caen). In 2009, Fabien made his mark on the Figaro by winning the rookie or newcomer rankings. Over the past two participations Fabien has improved thanks to his very methodical work, clear mindset and is regarded as one of the young hopefuls who will set their mark on La Solitare du Figaro race.
On the finish line in Ouistreham, the tension was palpable as nothing had been decided and all was to play for over the final miles of the race. The very low and variable wind direction together with the 2 knots of current from the tides brought the fleet back together. Fabien managed to control his opponents and beat them to the finish over the final miles of the race. Seasoned sailors, Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert) and Jean Pierre Nicol (Bernard Controls) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The first rookie to finish, a mere 14 minutes behind the winner in 5th place is Xavier Macaire (Starter Active Bridge) being pursued by Britain's Phil Sharp on Spirit of Independence, who finishes 7th overall and just under a minute behind the first rookie.
First ten, first leg:
1. Fabien Delahaye, Port De Caen Ouistrehamn, 50h14'36" elapsed time
2. Gildas Morvan, Cercle Vert, + 11'09"
3. Jean-Pierre Nicol, Bernard Controls, + 11'22"
4. Jeremie Beyou, BPI, + 12'28"
5. Xavier Macaire, Starter Active Bridge, + 14'08"
6. Thomas Rouxel, Bretagne-Credit Mutuel Performance, + 14'19"
7. Phil Sharp, The Spirit Of Independence, + 15'04"
8. Laurent Pellecuer, Atelier D'architecture Jp Monier, + 16'54"
9. Nicolas Lunven, Generali, + 17'46"
10. Erwan Tabarly, Nacarat, + 23'01"
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Fabien Delahaye Wins On Home Waters

Aug. 3, Caen, FRA

At 13:14:36 on Tuesday 2nd of August, Fabien Delahaye crossed the finish line to win the first leg of La Solitaire du Figaro between Perros-Guirec and Caen in first place. The Normandy skipper sailing on Port Caen Ouistreham took just over 2 days, or 50 hours 14 minutes and 36 seconds, at an average 5.83 miles an hour to cover the 293.1 miles course that was full of surprises.

The final stages of the race were played out overnight on Monday in the light conditions and currents off the Cotentin coastline. Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert), the highly experienced Figaro sailor, finished just behind to take the second place whilst Jean Pierre Nicol (Bernard Controls) takes third to complete the podium. Xavier Macaire (Starter Active Bridge) comes in first rookie in 5th place, barely a minute ahead of Phil Sharp (Spirit of Independence), the first British sailor to finish, crossing the line in 7th and just 15 minutes and 4 seconds behind the leader. The first thirty skippers to cross the finish line are within an 60-minute time deficit on the leader.

The first leg win goes to a native Normandy sailor, Fabien Delahaye (he lives in Caen). In 2009, Fabien made his mark on the Figaro by winning the rookie or newcomer rankings. Over the past two participations Fabien has improved thanks to his very methodical work, clear mindset and is regarded as one of the young hopefuls who will set their mark on La Solitare du Figaro race.
On the finish line in Ouistreham, the tension was palpable as nothing had been decided and all was to play for over the final miles of the race. The very low and variable wind direction together with the 2 knots of current from the tides brought the fleet back together. Fabien managed to control his opponents and beat them to the finish over the final miles of the race. Seasoned sailors, Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert) and Jean Pierre Nicol (Bernard Controls) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The first rookie to finish, a mere 14 minutes behind the winner in 5th place is Xavier Macaire (Starter Active Bridge) being pursued by Britain's Phil Sharp on Spirit of Independence, who finishes 7th overall and just under a minute behind the first rookie.

First ten, first leg:

1. Fabien Delahaye, Port De Caen Ouistrehamn, 50h14'36" elapsed time

2. Gildas Morvan, Cercle Vert, + 11'09"

3. Jean-Pierre Nicol, Bernard Controls, + 11'22"

4. Jeremie Beyou, BPI, + 12'28"

5. Xavier Macaire, Starter Active Bridge, + 14'08"

6. Thomas Rouxel, Bretagne-Credit Mutuel Performance, + 14'19"

7. Phil Sharp, The Spirit Of Independence, + 15'04"

8. Laurent Pellecuer, Atelier D'architecture Jp Monier, + 16'54"

9. Nicolas Lunven, Generali, + 17'46"

10. Erwan Tabarly, Nacarat, + 23'01"

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