It was pitch black this Thursday off Saint-Nazaire when Pierre Leboucher cut in the lead, at 9:13:22 p.m., the finish line of the fourth and final stage (shortened by 8 miles, or 678 miles, 1,255 km) of the 52nd edition of La Solitaire du Figaro. The skipper of Guyot Environment-Pink Ribbon beat Xavier Macaire (SNEF Group), at 4 ’46’ ‘, and Tom Dolan (Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan), at 16 ’16’ ‘.
But to know the winner of the event, we had to wait for the arrival of Pierre Quiroga (Skipper Macif 2019), leader overall from Roscoff, with 1 h 53 ‘ahead of Xavier Macaire and 2 h 33’ over Tom Laperche (Bretagne-CMB Performance).
Quiroga solid in his tactical choices
Suspense guaranteed and ruthless countdown. About ten miles behind, the Mediterranean finally finished at 22h23’30 ”, 1 hour 5 ‘behind Xavier Macaire. At 29, he pocketed his first success in the event in six participations (9th in 2020, 19th in 2019, 6th in 2018, 18th in 2017, 19th in 2016), with 48’22 ” ahead of the overall standings. SNEF Group and 1h45 on Bretagne CMB Performance.
Among the outsiders of the fleet, Quiroga has deployed all his talent as a sailor and racer on this Solitaire. Second of the first stage then winner of the following two (his first two stage successes on the event), he was solid in his tactical choices as in the maneuvers and knew how to manage the guy while going to draw as much as possible. deep in itself.
Trained at the school of dinghy sailing, from the Optimist to the Laser via the 470 and match-racing, he switched to offshore racing and on the Figaro circuit in 2016, after winning the hope challenge of the Mediterranean training center at La Grande-Motte. Three years later, he joined the Pôle de Port-la-Forêt and wore the colors of Skipper Macif 2019.