final turns in the final straight

By Serge Messager

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470 miles are on the program for this last stage, the finish of which will be judged on Thursday morning in Piriac. VINCENT OLIVAUD

Once again, light weather will be there for the final stage of the Solitaire du Figaro Paprec.

Special correspondent aboard “Express”

The race committee gave the start of the third stage on Sunday at 2:43 p.m. in Morlaix Bay, the finish of which will be judged in Piriac. 470 miles could be covered by the bows of the competitors. Laurent Givry (Cape Horn) having struck Maël Garnier’s boat (J’M Garnier) during the second departure procedure, his bowsprit broken and a damaged foil, he was forced to return to the port of Roscoff. Fortunately, his competitors’ preparers helped him repair and he was able to resume the race as authorized by the regulations.

Little wind

Shortly before departure, everyone was doubtful about the conditions they would encounter throughout their journey towards the Loire-Atlantique. Guillaume Pirouelle (Normandy region)starting more than 14 hours behind in the general clification on Basile Bourgnon (Edenred)the leader, wanted to restore his damaged image between Kinsale and Roscoff: “We are not going to have much wind, with very soft pages. This route will be more coastal, in areas that we know, and will certainly be nice I think. With a little more downwind than during the previous stages. Especially after the Chaussée de Sein up to the southernmost buoy. I found a smile again. The goal will be to have fun, to have a great stage and to be happy at the finish.” Ping the Paprec buoy in second position behind Corentin Horeau (People’s Bank) and in front of Basile Bourgnon, Le Havre proved that he could have legitimate ambitions on this final course.

Gaston Morvan (Brittany-CMB Performance region)7e in the standings after two rounds at 3:37, was determined to give it his all until the end: “It’s a stage where there will be opportunities to come back and make some good shots. I will have to have the desire to do well and sail the way I like. By continuing my momentum, hoping to accomplish great things. Without taking excessive risks and forgetting others a little. I will try to win the stage. The conditions encountered will be challenging and we will have a great time. There will be currents in the Iroise Sea and at Ouessant, slack, storms, thermal or not, going up after the mark opposite Hourtin.”

Verdict of this edition placed under the sign of light weather, Thursday morning.

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