Exmouth sailor Matson all set for start of leg three of La Solitaire du Figaro

11:38 22 June 2014

Sam Matson does some routine repairs

Sam Matson does some routine repairs

Archant

Exmouth sailor Sam Matson will be on the start line for leg three of La Solitaire du Figaro when it departs Roscoff on Sunday (June 22) at 2pm.

The 505nm leg will see the 38 solo sailors race from Roscoff around the French coast to Les Sables d’Olonne, the port where the Vendee Globe race starts and finishes every four years.

Hoping to hold on to his top rookie spot is Exmouth’s Sam Matson on board Artemis 21 and he thinks the trip out across the Bay of Biscay to the Odas buoy will be one of the most important parts of the race in terms of tactics.

Matson said: “You’re literally arriving in the middle of no-where and turning around and coming back, there’s a lot of ocean, a lot of open water to potentially make gains or losses depending on how your speed looks. We know the rough area of it, I think it’s got a drifting circle of around six miles or so. The race boat will go ahead, pinpoint it and I think they then radio back to us where it is and they’ll sit roughly in that area so we can see it on AIS. It probably is like finding a needle in a haystack, it’s literally just one buoy in the middle of the Bay of Biscay, quite interesting!”

Another of the skippers, Ed Hill said: “The course is a good course, this Leg will be very interesting. A coastal race for the first 24-36 hours and then going a long way offshore to a buoy called Odas, it’s a weather buoy in the middle of the Atlantic, past the Atlantic shelf. We’re in 4,500metres of water so the buoy can move 4-5nm from where it says it is because it’s probably on a 12,000metre chain! We round that and then head to a buoy off Bordeaux and then it’s 50nm up the coast when we’re absolutely broken, back into inshore mode to arrive in Les Sables d’Olonne which I’m sure will be a really good welcome, knowing Les Sables d’Olonne and how much they love their solo sailing.”

Hoping to hold on to his top rookie spot is Exmouth’s Sam Matson on board Artemis 21 and he thinks the trip out across the Bay of Biscay to the Odas buoy will be one of the most important parts of the race in terms of tactics.

Matson said: “You’re literally arriving in the middle of no-where and turning around and coming back, there’s a lot of ocean, a lot of open water to potentially make gains or losses depending on how your speed looks. We know the rough area of it, I think it’s got a drifting circle of around six miles or so. The race boat will go ahead, pinpoint it and I think they then radio back to us where it is and they’ll sit roughly in that area so we can see it on AIS. It probably is like finding a needle in a haystack, it’s literally just one buoy in the middle of the Bay of Biscay, quite interesting!”

Fabien Delahaye on Macif 2012, is the current overall leader, but with 995nm still to race in this edition of the Solitaire and 11 sailors within an hour of him, the 29-year-old from Caen is taking nothing for granted.

He says: “I don’t feel under pressure, I do not really look at the standings. 11 boats are still in the game, we could arrive in Les Sables d’Olonne in no wind. We are never away from anything on the Solitaire. The third Leg will be different. It will be open, there will be very different paces, offshore, coastal, it may be a great Leg. I feel good, I do an hour of physio every day, I repaired my hands”.

The wind in Roscoff has been gusting 40km/h NE’ly today. This is expected to drop to 10-14kn of NE’ly by the time the race starts on Sunday afternoon. The fleet is expected to arrive in Les Sables next Tuesday or Wednesday.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

1 minute ago
World cup rugby comes to Exmouth

The Webb Ellis Cup - rugby’s greatest prize - is coming to Exmouth on Wednesday, July 8, as part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Trophy tour.

Read more
16:57

There were matches in both Pools A and B last week in the Honiton Netball League, writes Graham Ingram.

Read more
16:43
Golf generic picture

The Western Morning News Inter-club Challenge Trophy, one of the annual events run by the DMVGA was held this year at Tavistock golf club in ideal weather conditions, warm and calm, writes Stuart MacKerrell.

Read more
15:57
Somerset's Brady Kurtz ahead of team mate Josh Grazczonek and two Peterborough riders

There is saying that lightening never strikes the same place twice, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone at the ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels subscribing to that adage after seeing their hopes of winning the Premier League Pairs Championship evaporate after having a rider excluded in the Grand Final for the second successive season, to leave their duo of Brady Kurtz and Josh Grajczonek as runners-up to winners Ipswich on the night, writes Ian Belcher.

Read more
Fri, 18:57
Scott Acheson, Jenny Edrwads, Louis Siveyer abnd William James in mid-race action

Exe Sailing Club hosted the final leg of the Two Rivers Junior Series, writes Bel Bailey.

Read more
Fri, 18:55

The draw for the early rounds of the FA Vase were made at Wembley Stadium on Friday (July 3) and they have offered up the intriguing prospect of an all East Devon meeting in the preliminary round!

Read more
Fri, 18:06
Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club. Ref exsp 4491-23-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Nineteen-year old croquet star Harry Dodge will appear in an international Golf Croquet exhibition match at Budleigh Croquet Club on Monday afternoon (July 6), writes Elaine Marsh.

Read more
Thu, 11:35
Richard Baggs at the non-strikers end

Exmouth suffered a disappointing defeat to Bovey Tracey and arrived at the halfway mark in the Tolchards Devon league Premier Division campaign sitting sixth, some 32 points behind leaders North Devon.

Read more
Thu, 11:35
Madeira's Margaret Mahon playing touring side Gloucester Co-op on Saturday. Ref exsp 2645-27-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

It was non-stop action at Madeira Bowls Club in the past week, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

Read more
Thu, 11:35

Topsham St James Under-12s were narriowly beaten when they took on Ottery St Mary at Bonfire Field, writes Sam Isard.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder