Tomorrow, departure at 12 noon for 640 miles on a course that avoids the worst of a depression – News

This noon, 24 hours from the kick-off of the 3rd and last stage, after consulting the forecasters of Météo Consult and the refereeing body, OC Sport Pen Duick, the organizer of La Solitaire du Figaro, and its race director Yann Chateau, announced the route they had chosen for the final stage between Royan and Saint-Nazaire, among the three planned.

“We chose course 3 B which has been in the notice of race for six months, designed to respond to the problem of the arrival of a very deep depression and strong south-westerly winds in the near Atlantic, in the Bay of Biscay, particularly around Cape Finisterre. With this route, we avoid the strongest winds and overly rough seas that the solo sailors would have encountered on a close leg, given the announced weather forecasts,” explains Yann Chateau.

At 12 p.m., tomorrow Sunday, the fleet will leave Royan on a coastal course with a buoy at the tip of Suzac and a show buoy positioned towards the tip of Chay before joining a buoy just at the exit of the Arcachon basin. , before joining the northwestern Spanish part, 55 miles further east of La Coruña to protect against the strong winds expected at the northwestern tip of the Iberian coast. She will go round the Farallones Islands around Wednesday morning. Then it’s time for a committed ascent on a tack towards Saint-Nazaire with winds between 25 and 35 knots from the southwest and a maximum of four meters of waves. The arrival of the first boat is estimated on Thursday morning after a long cavalcade downwind for 24 hours.

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