The final race of the nineteenth version of Solo Master CoQ disputed this Sunday promised to be decisive for the common classification and it saved all its guarantees!
And three for Tom Laperche!
Finally received by the Briton Alan Roberts forward of Gaston Morvan and Tom Laperche, this last spherical with a coefficient of 1.5 has considerably turned the recreation the other way up in the common classification of the occasion. By ending sixth on this 34-mile coastal race, Corentin Horeau, who will definitely have made an impression by successful the massive race, lets his place on the podium slip away in favor of Alan Roberts who thus climbs to the third step behind Guillaume Pirouelle and the formidable Tom Laperche.
It must be famous that the latter has entered the occasion for the third consecutive time on his record, thus becoming a member of Nicolas Lunven in the very closed circle of triple winners of the occasion.
After an amazing race of 327 miles adopted by a “banana” sort course, the 31 opponents in the Solo Maître CoQ had an appointment yesterday on a 34-mile coastal course between Les Sables d’Olonne and Brem-sur-Mer.
Contested in superb situations, between 15 and 18 knots of wind, this final occasion was significantly hotly contested, particularly at the head of the fleet the place the battle raged between Alan Roberts and Gaston Morvan. ” We each obtained off to an amazing begin at the finish of the line and we managed the fleet nicely on the first leg upwind, which wasn’t really easy as a result of the wind was fairly unstable in the path.
We all knew that there was a approach to shortly lose locations however in my opinion, I additionally knew that I might win one. In this sense, I’m glad as a result of I lastly managed to overhaul Gaston on the penultimate leg.
He made the option to go beneath gennak whereas on my facet I opted for the spinnaker, which allowed me to make the distinction “, commented the skipper of Seacat Services who due to this fact received this final regatta with panache, climbing at the similar time on the third step of the podium of the occasion.
” It’s obviously very nice to finish the race this way. During the two previous races, I missed out on the Top 3 by a hair. In this round, I saved my honor a bit! In any case, it feels good to start the season this.way, especially four weeks after being badly shaken by the Covid-19 “, detailed Alan who had made the choice to take a little height this winter and to move away for five months from the bodies of water. ” This allowed me to reach with freshness “, assured the sailor, whose price range sadly stays very tight, this yr once more.
Tom Laperche enters the annals of racing
Freshness, he has positively not lacked it for the three years he has been on the Figaro Bénéteau circuit. Tom Laperche, who introduced himself as the man to beat throughout this nineteenth version, didn’t miss the boat.
Quite the opposite, even when his rivals actually didn’t make it simple for him. “ I used to be aiming for a 3rd victory this yr and I’m glad to have achieved my purpose. The first, received in 2020, stays to this present day actually my greatest reminiscence as a sailor as a result of it was my first in Figaro, however this one can also be very stunning as a result of it was very disputed.
It remained extraordinarily tight till the finish. This morning after we left on the water, we knew that every thing was going to depend upon the locations of the first 5 and the quantity of boats that one another would reach inserting between every one. “, detailed the skipper of Région Bretagne – CMB Performance who thus joins Nicolas Lunven (2007, 2010 and 2012) in the restricted circle of the triple winners of the occasion.
” It seems that I never function better than under pressure and the fact is that today there was! However, I didn’t start very well but, luckily for me, neither did Guillaume and Corentin. At the end, we had to chain maneuvers and alternate between the big spinnaker and the big gennak. It was very physical! “. stated Tom who due to this fact secured third place on this third and last spherical, simply forward of Guillaume Pirouelle.
PROVISIONAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER 3 RACES BEFORE JURY
1- Tom Laperche / Brittany Region CMB Performance 9
2- Guillaume Pirouelle / Normandy Region
3 – Alan Roberts / Seacat Services
4- Corentin Horeau / Mutuelle Bleue
5 – Gaston Morvan / Brittany Region CMB Hope