Arriving in Paimpol after Leg 2 of the Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro today, the Artemis Offshore Academy shore team got straight to work on Robin Elsey’s Figaro Artemis 43 following a collision between the boat and a rock in the Chanel du Four – a notoriously tidal passage on the north western coast of France.
Crossing the Leg 2 finish line in Paimpol today, Chatham skipper Sam Matson was the first Brit home in 12th, while Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro first timer Will Harris aboard Artemis 77 finished 16th to take the coveted Rookie division lead.
As the Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro fleet approach the end of Leg 2 from Cowes to Paimpol, Sam Matson aboard Chatham and Will Harris racing Artemis 77 are holding top British positions.
After more than 48 hours at sea, Sam Matson (Chatham) is still the first British sailor in the 39-boat fleet. He passed the Suzuki Line 11th overall, overtaken at the last minute by defending French solo offshore sailing champion Xavier Macaire (Chemins d'Océans).