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Foilers Reign Supreme in Lorient

It was an all foiler podium at the first race of the Azimut Challenge in Lorient, with the new generation of IMOCA 60s proving their grit on the course.

September 27, 2016
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All foiler podium

The first race in the Azimut Challenge lived up to its promise. It offered a variety of wind conditions over the 245-mile course offering the ideal setting for the final rehearsal with just a few weeks to go to the start of the Vendée Globe.

From the first length the clear leader, Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire VIII) lived up to his role as favourite throughout. Clearly determined to win, he held on to achieve a clean victory. In his wake, Morgan Lagravière (SAFRAN), managing to keep up, can also be pleased. The young competitor finished in a well deserved second place on his boat that was recently fitted with new foils. As for Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ), who came back quickly towards the end of the race, he showed his skills. The three times winner of the Solitaire du Figaro took third place on the podium, given over entirely to foilers.

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