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Yann Eliès dismasted in the Solitaire du Figaro

Picture shows the Pontivy store of Le Comptoir Irlandaise. Inset David Kenefick. Picture Alexis Courcoux/Robert Bateman

Picture shows the Pontivy store of Le Comptoir Irlandais. Inset David Kenefick. Picture Alexis Courcoux/Robert Bateman

There has been a cruel blow in the Solitaire du Figaro this Tuesday lunchtime. After sailing remarkably well since the start from Deauville and rounding the Wolf Rock lighthouse in front at 1116hrs UTC, the twice winner of the Solitaire has dismasted. Yann Eliès was not injured and is attempting to free the rigging from his Groupe Queguiner-Leucémie Espoir. He may head for Falmouth, which is some twenty miles away around the Lizard Point.
Yann has seen his hopes dashed of becoming the first sailor to win the summer classic three times. This is the third spectacular dismasting of a Figaro in a race this year, after Gildas Morvan’s Cercle Vert and Thierry Chabagny’s Gedimat during the Transat AG2R. When the incident occurred, the conditions were not that bad: choppy seas with a wind blowing at just under twenty knots. Nothing that indicates a threat to a Figaro, which is well known for being a tough boat, but that was also the case for Cercle Vert and Gedimat in the Transatlantic Race.

Yan Elies dismasted off the wolf Rock today. Picture Alex Courcoux

Yan Eliiés dismasted off the wolf Rock today. Picture Alexis  Courcoux

Consequently, Charlie Dalin (Normandie Elite Team) has taken the lead, just ahead of another Vendée Globe hero, Jérémie Beyou (Maître Coq). After him, we find Alexis Loison (Groupe Fiva, 3rd) Erwan Tabarly (Armor Lux Comptoir de la Mer, 4th) and Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012, 5th). There are 190 miles left to sail with two more crossings of the English Channel. It is far from over for the 37 sailors still racing, as an area of light winds is likely to slow down the sailors as they round the buoy off Roscoff.

Royal Cork’s David Kenefick now in his second year in La Figaro, having enjoyed huge success in his Rookie year in in 2013, is currently going well having had a great start in La Solitaire du Figaro 2014 race, but along with the competitors is experiencing a leg of ‘Snakes and Ladders’ en route to Plymouth via Wolf Rock, then on to a mark off Roscoff and then to the finish of the 484ml leg to Plymouth.. David has been fortunate to secure sponsorship from Le Comptoir Irlandais and has renamed his boat Full Irish-Le Comptoir Irlandais. This company has  forty two shops throughout France promoting Irish products.  The Full Irish –Le Comptoir Irlandais is now only 6.3nm behind the leader.

Official Positions 1630 BST
1. Charlie Dalin (Normandy Elite Team) 160 nm to finish
2. Jeremie Beyou (Maitre Coq) +0.5nm
3. Erwan Tabarly (Aror Lux) +0.9nm
4. Paul Meilhat (SMA) +1.1nm
5. Alexis Loison (Groupe Fiva) +1.1nm
6. Fabien Delahay (Skipper Macif 2012) +1.2nm
7. Adrien Hardy (Agir) +1.3nm
8. Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert) +1.8nm
9. Sam Matson (Artemis 21) +2.2nm
10. Gildas Mahe (Interface Concept) +2.5nm

International Sailors as of 1630BST
9. Sam Matson (Artemis 21) +2.2nm
12. Henry Bomby (Red) +2.9nm
23. Alan Roberts (Artemis 23) +6.0nm
24. David Kenefick (Full Irish) +6.3nm
27. Jack Bouttell (GAC Pindar) +7.0nm
30. Nick Cherry (Redshift) +7.6nm
33. Rich Mason (Artemis 77) +8.8nm
34. Sam Goodchild (Team Plymouth) +9.6nm
37. Ed Hill (Macmillan Cancer Support) +20.9nm





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