Published on 19/06/2019
Anthony Marchand, 34, from Plomeur, southwest of Quimper, has taken victory in Stage 3 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro this morning, crossing the line at 09:29CET after 2 days, 19 hours 18 minutes and 36 seconds at sea racing Groupe Royer-Populaire Secours.
Marchand was fourth at the Videcoq bouy by Granville and actually approached the Alderney race in sixth. But, he saw what was happening inside him and held his course offshore. From there he had a seemingly charmed route round the outside of a raft of stuck boats and he managed to wriggle free in third. The last skipper to escape the raz de Blanchard currents, Marchand was just three miles behind breakaway leader and his good friend Alex Loison.
It was at the famous island of Ushant in the early hours of this morning that Marchand passed Loison, the long time Stage leader. First Gildas Mahé and then Marchand managed to get through under gennakers, closer to the island to make their own getaway. Along the same coast where Marchand prevailed in to his native Saint Brieuc to win a hotly contested Stage 1 last September, Marchand progressively broke away from Mahé to win Stage 3 this morning, which has seen the fleet race 400 miles from Roscoff to Roscoff. It is last year’s vice champion Marchand’s third stage win in his last seven La Solitaire starts.
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