#figaro – When we updated you yesterday about the Solo Concarneau Figaro race that David Kenefick is competing in we bemoaned the lack of a tracker for this race but outlined that we would have a half way stage update. Here it is:
1 20h28 ELIES Yann GROUPE QUEGUINER LEUCEMIE ESPOIR
2 20h30 LE CLEAC'H Armel BANQUE POPULAIRE
3 20h31 LUNVEN Nicolas GENERALI
4 20h32 MEILHAT Paul SKIPPER MACIF 2011
5 20h36 BIARNES Vincent PRATI'BUCHES
6 20h36 DESJOYEAUX Michel T.B.S.
7 20h38 RIVET Frédéric D.F.D.S. Seaways
8 20h40 RUYANT Thomas DESTINATION DUNKERQUE
9 20h40 BOMBY Henry Christine
10 20h41 JOSSIER Nicolas IN EXTENSO experts comptables
11 20h50 VILLION Julien SEIXO HABITAT
12 20h56 MACAIRE Xavier SKIPPER HERAULT
13 20h58 PRUVOT Claire PORT DE CAEN-OUISTREHAM
14 21h03 HILL Edmund ARTEMIS
15 21h04 HOCHARD Benoît IB - MARKETING
16 21h14 CHABAGNY Thierry GEDIMAT
17 21h15 KENEFICK David FULL IRISH
18 21h17 AHRWEILLER Joan Région BASSE NORMANDIE
19 21h33 CHERRY Nick ARTEMIS
20 21h39 BOUTTEL Jack ARTEMIS
21 21h51 GOODCHILD Sam Vasco de Gama
22 22h16 LE BAUD Gilles CARNAC THALASSO & SPA
You might be wondering where some of the big names got to like Jeremy Beyou, Morgan Lagraviere and Fred Duthil. Well they were the leaders on Tuesday morning and as the day progressed their leading role saw them sail down a one-way alley whilst the boats behind anticipated better or just knew better and stayed further offshore and sailed around the outside in better breeze. To cut a lot story short when the two groups came back together there was a five mile deficit... Some of those now disgruntled top boats then chose to retire rather than fight their way back into the competition. Not a great look and maybe rather poor sportsmanship!
David Kenefick chose the right option and has been sailing with other boats all day and as we can see from the half way report is in 17th place. He is third Rookie being bettered currently by Claire Pruvot (13th) and Ed Hill (14th) by 17 and 12 minutes respectively. The race leader is last year's Solitaire du Figaro race winner Yann Elies who rounded 47 minutes ahead of David.
The course now takes the fleet South upwind in 15-30 knots of wind in heavy rain to round Ile d'Yeu 65 miles away before the long 105 mile reach home to Concarneau. The leading boats are expected to finish late on Wednesday evening.