After finishing the Vendée Globe, some people are taking time off before looking forward to new challenges. That is the case for Armel Le Cléac’h, who is relaxing after his win in the non-stop solo round the world race. But others are already back racing. Among them, Jérémie Beyou and Yann Eliès who have already returned to the Figaro circuit. After their third and fifth places in the 2016-2017 edition, they both intend to come back to the Vendée Globe in 2020.
Solitaire du Figaro: Beyou and Eliès aiming for an unprecedented fourth win
Legends in the Vendée Globe, Jérémie Beyou and Yann Eliès are among the favourites in the Solitaire du Figaro, as they have both won the event three times. Beyou came out on top in 2005, 2011 and 2014, while Eliès won in 2012, 2013 and 2015. So, they are both aiming for a fourth win this year (start of the first leg on 4th June). There are several other races on the programme to prepare for the big summer race. In mid-March, Yann Eliès took part in the Solo Normandie, finishing seventh in the first race of the 2017 season, which was won by Charlie Dalin (24 competitors lined up).
On Thursday 6th April, 37 competitors, including Yann Eliès and Jérémie Beyou will set sail on a 340-mile course starting and finishing in Concarneau (Southern Brittany) via the Glénans, the Raz de Sein and the Isle of Yeu, after rounding the Birvideaux Lighthouse. This coastal race should allow them a lot of strategy choices. As well as being experienced at round the world sailing, Yann and Jérémie are also experts in close-contact racing and they will be attempting to make the most of their experience and determination to get a good result and get a boost to their confidence before the Solitaire. The start of the race will be given by another well-known figure, who took part in the last Vendée Globe, Romain Attanasio…
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