Published on 26/06/2019
Crossing the finish line of Stage 4 in fourth place in Dieppe this afternoon at 12:21:57 CET, Yoann Richomme (HelloWork-Telegram Group) has taken a convincing overall win in the 2019 La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro.
In doing so, he has become the first ever skipper to win the multi-stage event racing in the new foil assisted Figaro Beneteau 3.
He finished ahead of his nearest rival in the general classification Gildas Mahé, who crossed the line in Dieppe in fifth, leaving the skipper of Breizh Cola Equithé second overall.
This was the eighth participation in the race for Richomme, who also won it in 2016.
Richomme said: “I felt relaxed and enjoyed every leg. This was one that was most like the usual Solitaire. I am really moved. I never thought I’d win two. And it’s a special edition too. A couple months ago I didn’t know what I was going to do. It was long and tiring. I almost took the lead last night but fell asleep. The slightest metre lost and you lose a lot. This was a really tough event, which is what it should be. I don’t remember spending as much time out on the water with previous boats. When I left the Isle of Wight after being blocked there, I thought it was far from certain. I saw a lot of St Catherine’s Point.
It took a lot of work, because it was so unstable. Yesterday we were stuck in light airs and it was very stressful. The autopilot couldn’t cope, so I didn’t get any rest and then during the night I had to keep at it. This morning there were choppy seas and I had to keep working.”
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