He animated with passion and talent very well-attended video meetings during the last Vendée Globe where he deciphered the options of the various sailors. And he dreams of participating in the next edition of the round the world scheduled for 2024. But while waiting to find a partner, Yoann Richomme is skipping the Mirpuri Foundation boat in the VO65 category during the new Tour de l'Europe, entitled The Ocean Race Europe. And he won early this Thursday morning the third stage between Alicante (Spain) and Genoa (Italy), after having already removed the second stage. Thanks to a great masterstroke, in this case an offshore option that paid off and allowed him, along with Nicolas Lunven, another winner of the Solitaire du Figaro, to take the lead in the general classification in his category.
“The last moments of the stage were extremely tense from the moment we left the Italian coast, explained Richomme victorious. A group of boats sank into the Gulf of Genoa while we stayed further offshore. We knew that there was a risk in our option of not following the others and we wondered when our option was going to pay off. And then we believed in it so much, it was completely obvious to us. The wind picked up stronger than expected and we found ourselves in a better situation than we had expected. We were trying to finish 2nd because Sailing Poland was 10 miles ahead and we thought it would be difficult to get them. In the end, the scenario developed well for us ”.
His Mirpuri Foundation is now one point ahead of AkzoNobel skippered by Chris Nicholson in the general classification. And a last coastal course scheduled for Saturday, if the forecast weak weather in Italy allows its launch, should decide between the two crews who gave everything in difficult sailing conditions to win. “The conditions of this stage between Alicante and Genoa were complicated with little wind. I have the impression of having raced for two weeks! The crew remained very calm throughout. With Nicolas Lunven (navigator), we tried to find the right places to sail by making the most efficient trajectory while keeping control over our opponents. In the end it paid off but it was not easy. Saturday will take place the coastal event. The wind doesis usually not very established in Genoa so it should be complicated. We have two days to rest. We will have to be very focused on our plan and not make mistakes. I think we will have to win this coastal to win the event ”…
As for the Imoca monohulls, announced as the stars of the race, and which were ultimately preceded by the VO65, heavier boats around the world crewed, it is the Team Germany boat, very comfortable in the light winds because not equipped with foils which preceded the four more modern foilers, creating a nice surprise after a nice option. Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut), 6th in the last Vendée Globe, is announced in second position on the finish line in Genoa at the start of the afternoon.