Goodchild top Brit, Bouttell Rookie winner Solitaire du Figaro

On Saturday Sam Goodchild became the highest-ranking British skipper in the Solitaire du Figaro since the race went one-design in 1991. Jack Bouttell crossed the Leg 4 finish line in 21st and first in the Solitaire du Figaro (first timer’s) Rookie division Hitting the dock at 10:28 BST after completing the 520 mile Leg 4 in 13th, Shelterbox skipper Goodchild finished the 1,938 mile Solitaire du Figaro in 11th overall in an accumulated elapsed time of 10 days, 7 hours, 59 minutes and 42 seconds – two hours, 31 minutes and 19 seconds behind race winner Yann Elies.

“The best part of my race was also the hardest part, sailing down the south coast of England under the spinnaker in around 30-40knots of wind,” said a notably happy, but slightly dazed Sam on arriving in Dieppe.

“It’s always nice to sail through home waters, though it wasn’t very kind to us this time – the wind was relentless for about 12 hours. Leg 4 was definitely the toughest leg and really showed us how easy we had it over the first three legs. I am surprised at how much my performance has progressed since the 2012 race, I did not think that I’d do this well and setting a new top ranking British position is the icing on the cake really.”

Making his way into the dock shortly after Sam, Magma Structures skipper Nick Cherry finished the 520-mile Leg 4 in 16th in a time of 2 days, 10 hours, 48 minutes and 58 seconds. Nick’s consistently solid results in the teens over the four stages of the race tonight saw him finish 17th overall – an eight position improvement on his 2012 Solitaire result.

At 23:17 BST, 22-year old Artemis Offshore Academy sailor Jack Bouttell crossed the Leg 4 finish line in 21st, putting him 21st in the overall rankings and first in the Solitaire du Figaro (first timer’s) Rookie division. In winning, Jack has become the first ever-British skipper to stand on the top of the Rookie podium.

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“It’s incredible to have won the Rookie category. I didn’t like to think about whether I could do it, but now I have it’s awesome – I’m really pleased. I’ve definitely exceeded my own expectations,” said an elated Jack. “The last night was definitely entertaining, 30-40 knots with the kite launching through the night with low visibility and lots of fog – it was pretty full on.”

RockFish skipper Henry Bomby was next over the line, finishing 24th in a time of 2 days, 11 hours, 59 minutes and 43 seconds, leaving him 23rd overall in the Solitaire du Figaro rankings – an improvement over his 2012 position (31st) of seven places.

Ed Hill sailing Artemis 37 concluded the British skippers’ 2013 race in 30th. After a good start to the race, Ed blew his spinnaker in the angry winds of England’s south coast, which saw him drop through the fleet from the top 20’s to 30th. Ed finished the race 4th in the Rookie standings and 29th overall.

Solitaire du Figaro - Final overall leading positions (41 entries)
1. GROUPE QUEGUINER - LEUCEMIE ESPOIR - Yann Elies -10d, 5h 28m 23s
2. SKIPPER HERAULT - Xavier Macaire - 10d, 5h 54m 53s
3. VENDEE - Morgan Lagravière - 10d, 6h 1m 29s
11. SHELTERBOX - DISASTER RELIEF - Sam Goodchild - 10d, 7h 59m 42s
17. MAGMA STRUCTURES - Nick Cherry - 10d, 11h 7m 45s
21. ARTEMIS 77 - Jackson Bouttell * - 10d, 12h 28m 9s (1st Rookie)
24. ROCKFISH - Henry Bomby - 10d, 14h 32m 36s
29. ARTEMIS 37 - Edmund Hill * - 10d, 20h 12m 31s (4th Rookie)