Saturday, September 30

Victory of “Ageas – Team Baie de Saint-Brieuc” in Figueira da Foz

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Crucial navigation along the Galician coast, especially after Cape Finisterre towards Figueira da Foz. Before Finisterre «Teamwork» had every chance of staying at the head of the Sardinha Cup fleet, but south of this cape they insisted on land tack and «Ageas – Team Baie de Saint-Brieuc» knew how to take advantage of the opportunity to jibe to sea and leave him astern.

The good speed at the stern of the «Ageas – Team Baie de Saint-Brieuc» (Garnier Mael / Leboucher Pierre) with averages above 15 knots has allowed it to make a rapid descent to Figueira da Foz which was only followed by one more than a mile away the «Amarris-Primeo Energie». Thus, at 7:42:20 today, Friday, he crossed the finish line in Figueira da Foz in first position, and 8 minutes later the second Figaro 3 of the duo Achille Nebout and Pierre Quiroga would do so.

Speaking about when he realized that he had won this stage, Maël Garnier would comment: “Only when we crossed the line did we realize that we were the first, we suspected it from Cape Finisterre, but we were not sure, because the fleets crossed again between those who had left towards the north and those who had left towards the We didn’t know if the peloton was going to pass us and where Nils (Palmieri with Julien Villion in Teamwork) and Achille (Nebout with Pierre Quiroga in Amarris-Primeo Energie) were. We had some doubts, but afterwards we were already happy to be in the adequate platoon and to be in front to attack in the south with the Portuguese trade winds”.

For Pierre Leboucher victory is a consequence of: “To the finish line, because we fought all night to get the boat moving, the people in the back wouldn’t let us, but a lot of it was due to the option of going for the night breeze on the north coast of Spain. to play this option, several of us did it, some of us made it, some of us didn’t, this part was quite complicated, because we didn’t know where the others were. Normally, in the morning, we have scores, so we know the distance to the finish line, which which gives us an idea, but in this case, we had no idea, we just had a doubt about the “Bretagne-CMB Performance”, we didn’t know if they were ahead or not”.

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About how they have takena tactical decision on which board to follow, Maël Garnier would comment: “It was done before reaching the Spanish coast, we wanted to protect this option, in case of doubt, we wanted to position ourselves between the land and the package, that’s what we did. At the beginning It was a bit difficult for us to accept it because we saw that on the coast they were earning a lot, but we trusted each other and at night we really launched ourselves, we told each other that we had to go for it all. I think we had to trust each other and not be in the middle.”

In reference to whether it has been a tough stage, Maël Garnier: “Oh yes! Especially the last night, to lead, it was tricky, Pierre handled it well, it was very windy. And the two days around the start didn’t help either in terms of food, hydration and sleep, but I think we got by.” we tidy up a bit, because last night we didn’t sleep, and in the end, we got up, so that’s fine!”

The second classified value the stage as very intense from the beginning. For Pierre Quiroga: “It has been a very nice stage, with upwind, fronts, manual cases, which we have managed quite well”. And Achilles Nebout: “We got ahead on the second front a little before Cape Finisterre, and there, we don’t really know what happened, we’ll have to look at the trajectories, we fell into a slightly different wind than those who came behind and that caused a large displacement side and we took a lot of punishment! As we didn’t have the same wind we couldn’t do much. It was a bit of a morale boost to see the guys ahead about 8 miles apart, they were very small anyway, but we knew that It was going to be a rough night until we got the spinnakers out so we didn’t get too demoralized, we tried to do what we could with the erratic wind we had, we didn’t have to pay too much attention to the boats around us because they all had different winds, we struggled all night, and in an hour in the morning (Thursday), we were back in the game.At that moment,everyone turned around,we didn’t understand why and continued straight ahead,we had to cross the crest of the high pr sion to catch the wind that was going to come from the right behind, that’s what happened. After that, the wind picked up in front of us, because you catch the wind stronger than the others, and we gained an 8-mile lead over the pack in 4 miles.”

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Peter Quiroga: “We were then 1.7 miles from Maël and Pierre at Cape Finisterre, we told ourselves that we had twelve hours of work until the arrival to get ahead, we were a bit serene, and they sailed very well, we have to congratulate them because we pushed a lot for behind, we kept the big spinnaker on all night.

Achilles Nebout: “They have been impeccable, they deserve this victory and we are happy with this second place. We were very well organized from the start, well rested from the first night upwind, and that was one of our strengths to get back into the game when things started. they got complicated”.

Almost an hour later than the first, in third place, Erwan Le Draoulec and Loïs Berrehar would arrive aboard the «Skipper Macif».

Lois Berrehar: “We haven’t started very well, we’ve come from a long way back, we’ve done a good job upwind and we were way back in the lead pack before things took a bit of a detour at Cape Finisterre, but we’ve still managed to getting back into the right pack little by little and then we had a Portuguese trade wind that we liked a lot: we were fast, with the right pace and we had fun, it was great. And the icing on the cake at the end, we managed to beat the « Région Normandie”, which is a new podium for us, which is great.”

Erwan LeDraoulec: “There was a good fight all the time and we really had good speed, we started with some silly mistakes at the start and at Cape Finisterre where we weren’t very inspired as we approached the shore. We saw what the front guys were doing, we had a long time speaking of which, but we didn’t dare go there, when we saw them cram it was a bit rough, but we came back every time and had a great last night, we had the speed to make up for those silly strategy mistakes.”

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At 2:50 p.m. today, Friday, June 10, 2022, only four Figaro 3s remain to arrive in Figueira da Foz: «Mercy Ships» by D’Ersu Victor and Ragueneau Tiphaine, «Interaction» by Livory Yannig and Livory Erwan, “Prisme Océan” by Grenié Pierre and Dantec Valentin and the “Passion Santé – Trans-Forme” by Richard Romen and Le Pape Victor; which are 8.5, 33.98, and 47.84 miles respectively from the finish line.

Next Tuesday, the 14th, the second stage is scheduled to start at 11 am between Figueria da Foz and Pays de Saint Gilles Croix de Vie. And on Sunday, June 12, 2022, there will be a Pro-Am test in Figueira da Foz starting at 1:00 p.m.

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