Historic Second Win for Yann Eliès

24/06/2013 - Bénéteau

Yann Eliès has made history by winning La Solitaire du Figaro Eric Bompard cachemire for the second time running ? a first since the Figaro BENETEAU II was chosen for this race.
This 44th Solitaire kept all its promises offering an incredible show to the last leg, marked by difficult weather along the English coast. To get to Dieppe, you had to stick at it. You had to hold out against a powerful wind, rough seas and heavy rain right to the finishing line. This was the ideal opportunity for the Figaro BENETEAU II to prove its worth in single-handed offshore racing with gusts of over 18 knots.
Adrien Hardy (Agir Recouvrement) led the 4th and last leg, but in the overall ranking, the skipper Yann Eliès (Groupe Quéguiner-Leucémie Espoir) came out top. He has finally achieved his ?dream? of winning this race twice. Congratulations!
Xavier Macaire (Skipper Hérault) narrowly obtained second place on the podium, with scarcely 6 minutes gap on Morgan Lagravière (Vendée), who finished third in the overall ranking.
Congratulations to all the skippers for handling particularly difficult weather conditions this year and for maintaining the suspense right to the end, making this an action-packed race.
Yann Eliès