The end of the first windward/leeward loop led by Michel Desjoyeaux was disturbed by a large squall of hail which marked the turning point in the day's weather. Behind it, little by little, the bay rediscovered its sparkling colours courtesy of a sun which finally broke through the thick layer of cloud!
At the start of the second round, there was an incident onboard Gitana 11, when the tactician Daniel Souben cracked his eyebrow open on the boom, disrupting the departure of the boat which did not then manage to catch up with its competitors and finished 3rd in the round, behind Groupama 2 and Giant.
By the end of the day, Frédéric Le Peutrec and his crew had regained their cohesion and command of manoeuvres to record a good second place on a course which saw yet another win for Groupama 2.
Frédéric Le Peutrec, skipper of Gitana 11:
“The sea was heavy, there was wind and hail… just as forecast! The boats are difficult to handle in those conditions. How would I assess the day! Could do better. We made a few silly errors, like almost knocking our tactician out cold at the start of the 2nd round, which certainly set us back a bit. It was really difficult out there on the water, but it was also very interesting as we were in contact with the others. It was all wide open to the last… which is just how sailing should be! The lads on board have given everything today, as keeping control of the boat demanded non-stop hard work. Tomorrow, it should hopefully be a bit less rough out there!”