Leg 4: La Rochelle to La Rochelle

Artemis waves

Although it is only 130 miles long, this leg might be one of the hardest due to its unusual format.

Typically a leg of the Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro starts at the weekend with the finish mid-week. This format gives the sailors three or four days to recuperate. 
But on this final stage of the 2016 championship the racing begins again just 24 hours after the finish of Leg 3. 

This format puts the sailors who finished Leg 3 well down the order at a disadvantage because some of them will have up to 10 hours less recovery time than the leaders.

The course for this final sprint is relatively simple: start from La Rochelle heading north. Then round the Ile d’Yeux and head straight back to La Rochelle. The tricky part could be the land breeze that should establish itself on Thursday afternoon.

Although too short for major changes in the overall ranking – unless accidents happen – this leg will prove a key one in deciding some of the trophies at play.
The first two boats in the overalls – Yoann Richomme’s Skipper Macif 2014 and Charlie Dalin’s Skipper Macif 2015 - are within 14 minutes of one another while the two rookies battling it out for the title in that division are only 11 minutes apart.