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news - Grande Finale in Solitaire: Le Cléac’h wins, MP´s Douguet third!

Aug 19 2010

Armel the master

From Le Havre to Cherbourg, sailing to Gijón, Brest and Kinsale, Le Cleac’h showed exceptional speed and focus, he was clearly in harmony with himself an his boat, in control of his strategy. This was his karma and his Solitaire, probably more than it was in 2003, when he first won with an historical lead of only 13 seconds on Alain Gautier. If it weren’t for a minor mistake on the third leg to Kinsale he could have easily got a clear score. He “only” achieved three, which is already an outstanding performance.

At his young age the skipper from Morlaix has already five leg wins and two overall victories in his CV, and he only raced his first Solitaire in 2000. He officially enters in the very selected group of skippers who won the race twice.

Called ”Mémel” by his friends and “the Jackal” by his adversaries he’s become by all means one of the single handed offshore sailing celebrities, with his second place in the last Vendée Globe and two wins in the Transat AG2R, as confirmed by today’s brilliant performance.

In this 435 miles long leg, 90%of which was sailed under spinnaker, Armel got into the lead just after the Fastnet rock and resisted all his competitors’ attacks by Corentin Douguet (E.Leclerc Mobile), François Gabart (Skipper Macif 2010) and Eric Peron (Skipper Macif 2009).

2nd place overall went to Francois Gabart (Skipper Macif 2010) and the final podium spot was won by Marinepool´s Corentin Douguet (E.Leclerc Mobile) who showed an incredibly consistant performance with a 2nd in the fourth and final stage of this years La Solitaire his best single result.

Top 5 Final Results,  August 18:

1. Armel Le Cléac´h, Brit Air

2. Francois Gabart, Skipper MACIF 2010

3. Corentin Douguet, E. Leclerc Mobile

4. Eric Peron, Skipper MACIF 2009

5. Gildas Morvan, Cercle Vert

Further Marinepool Racing Team members:

9. Kito de Pavant, Groupe Bel

10. Fabien Delahaye, Port de Caen Ouistreham

16. Romain Attanasio, Saveol

DNF Matthieu Girolet, Entreprendere (Lafont Presse)

 

Le Figaro - La Solitaire 2010 Website

Armel Le Cléac´h ?© Courcoux-Marmara/Le Figaro

Corentin Douguet (E.Leclerc Mobile)

Corentin Douguet (E.Leclerc Mobile)