Finla leg of Solitaire du Figaro awaits Falmouth sailor
2:23pm Saturday 7th July 2012 in Sport
The third and final leg of the Solitaire du Figaro starting on Sunday, July 8, will take the 36 skippers 486 miles from Saint Gilles Croix de Vie across the English Channel via the Eddystone lighthouse off Plymouth and the Needles off the Isle of Wight before finishing back in France at the busy port of Cherbourg.
Falmouth Sailor Sam Goodchild is one of those 36 competitors. He is competing in Solitaire du Figaro for the second time, his results to date have been disappointing (currently lying 25th in the overall division) and he desperately wants to make an impression in this final leg: “The bit I struggled with most in leg two was the psychological part because there weren’t too many opportunities for gaining or losing places.” reported Goodchild. Nonetheless, for all the Artemis sailors this race is a pivotal learning curve and one from which they will take away a great deal of knowledge and first class single-handed race experience. “I am learning a lot. There’s no place like the Solitaire to gain experience and it’s invaluable,” reported Goodchild who has Vendée Globe aspirations.
The final leg starts at 1200PM (BST) in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, in the popular sailing region of Vendee, where we are expecting hundreds of sailing fans to support the Figarists at the start of the final 2012 Solitaire du Figaro leg. You can follow online via our website, as well as on Facebook , Twitter #AOAsolo.
View the Solitaire du Figaro results online here.