Please select your home edition
Edition
Crewsaver ErgoFit 50N

Three skippers still in competition for the VIVI Trophy at La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro

by La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro 21 Jun 15:51 BST 22 June 2019
Three skippers still in competition for the VIVI Trophy at La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro © Yvan Zedda

The start of the fourth and final leg of the 2019 Solitaire URGO Le Figaro will be given at 14:00 on Saturday 22 June in Roscoff, and all 47 entries who set out from Nantes almost a month ago will start the 500-mile leg to Dieppe. Amongst them are seven non-French skippers all competing for the Vivi Trophy, the prize awarded to the first 'international' skipper.

The race within a race, similar to the Rookie trophy for first timers, is judged the same way as the overall classification, that is to say on cumulative elapsed time over the event's four legs.

After three legs Will Harris (GBR) sailing Hive Energy has been the first non-French skipper to finish on two occasions (Leg 2 & Leg 3) but his result in the first leg, where he finished a long way behind his fellow non-French competitors, means he currently sits in third place on the Vivi Trophy rankings. Harris trails two boats and starts the last leg of the course with a three hour 43 minute and 37 second deficit over the leading non-French skipper Alan Roberts, (GBR) sailing Seacat Services. Between these two British skippers lies the Swiss Volvo Ocean Race winner Justine Mettraux sailing Teamwork, who is 1 hour 16 minutes and 3 seconds off the lead.

Although these gaps sound big and in 'normal' circumstances they would be considered insurmountable, the 2019 edition of the race is turning out to be anything but 'normal'. Huge gaps have developed between competitors across the board in one leg that are then almost completely reversed in the following legs. The weather has been particularly unstable this year, meaning that some groups of boats have been able to make big gains quickly by virtue of their positioning relative to clouds and other weather phenomena.

On top of that, the all-new Figaro Beneteau 3 has also proved to be an extremely interesting boat to race with the strategic and tactical options available to skippers being much wider than those offered by the previous class of boat used due to in part to its asymmetric off wind sail plan and its modern high-performance orientated hull design and systems.

The Vivi Trophy is a new perpetual trophy presented by Meagan and Marcus Hutchinson and Eliane and Bernard Lalanne for the first time in 2019. These four have worked tirelessly in the background over the past 20 years to support, encourage and mobilise non-French skippers to compete in the Figaro Beneteau Class. The intent of the trophy is two-fold.

Firstly to develop another angle on which to communicate the non-French presence in the race hence encouraging other non-French skippers to compete in the solo offshore racing world. And seconly, to drive the competition between these non-French skippers, rewarding them with the recognition they so badly deserve, and giving them an intermediate goal to aim for as the progress over the years within the highly competitive Figaro world.

The seven non-French skippers racing in the 2019 La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro are:

  • Will Harris (GBR)(Hive Energy)
  • Joan Mulloy (IRL)(Believe in Grace/Buisness Post.ie)
  • Justine Mettraux (SUI)(Teamwork)
  • Alan Roberts (GBR)(Seacat Services)
  • Tom Dolan (IRL)(Smurfit Kappa)
  • Alberto Bona (ITA)(Sebago)
  • Conrad Colman (NZL)(Ethical Power).

Follow the race on the event website: lasolitaire-urgo.com

Related Articles

Tom Dolan finishes 2019 Figaro season on a high
Irishman finishes his first season on a high note Tom Dolan, the Irish skipper of Smurfit Kappa, finished his first season in the Beneteau Figaro 3 on something of a high note when he took fourth place on the last stage of the 12th Tour de Bretagne à la Voile. Posted on 16 Sep
2019 Tour de Bretagne à la Voile starts today
Tom Dolan and Smurfit Kappa ready Recognising a need to help aspiring young sailors get a toehold on the solo racing ladder, Ireland's Tom Dolan will be partnered aboard Smurfit Kappa on the imminent 2019 multi stage Tour de Bretagne à la Voile race Posted on 7 Sep
All aboard the bandwagon!
If I had a mini maxi, I reckon that is exactly what I would have to call it If I had a mini maxi, I reckon that is exactly what I would have to call it. Just because you'd get a cast of thousands on board, and subsequently have a grand old time. Now if I had a supermaxi, I think its name would have to be Gravy Train... Posted on 1 Sep
The Figaro circuit: The final necessary step?
Do you really have to be an Figaro expert before IMOCA? The 50th Solitaire Urgo-Le Figaro finished last Wednesday after a fourth and final leg won by Eric Péron, which confirmed Yoann Richomme's overall first place. Posted on 2 Jul
Number Crunching
A look at the 50th anniversary of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro The landmark edition of the 50th La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, which finished on Wednesday 27 June in Dieppe, covered more than 2000 miles over the four stages. Even more than usual it was a war of attrition. Posted on 28 Jun
Richomme wins La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro
Fourth place in final stage is enough to win overall by 1 hour Crossing the finish line of the final Stage of the 50th anniversary La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro this afternoon in fourth place, after 500 miles from Roscoff to Dieppe via Wolf Rock and Owers, Yoann Richomme completed an impressive overall victory. Posted on 26 Jun
La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro Leg 4 day 5 update
Sprint to the Grand Final finish line The final hours of Stage 4, the Grand Final, are delivering a sprint finish worthy of the first La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro to be sailed in the new Beneteau Figaro 3. Posted on 26 Jun
La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro Leg 4 day 4
Last night nerves for the fleet? With an accumulated overall lead time of one hour and 11 minutes, and just 85 miles left to sail to the finish of the final leg on Stage 4 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, overall leader Yoann Richomme might reflect on the warnings of 'The Godfather'. Posted on 25 Jun
La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro Leg 4 day 4 update
Overhauled at Owers: Isle of Wight option pays for Peron and Richomme The passage of the Owers buoy in the middle of last night delivered yet another upset on the 50th La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro as hard won leads were washed away under a massive dark cloud and heavy rain. Posted on 25 Jun
La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro Leg 4 day 3
Where there is a Will, is there a way? With 40 nautical miles still to sail to the Owers turning mark off Portsmouth at 1500hrs BST this afternoon, racing within a gradually fading southwesterly breeze, it has been a long, laborious day fighting in the main pack. Posted on 24 Jun