This Thursday August 27 at 06h33’09 ″, Léo Debiesse crossed the finish line of the third stage of the Les Sables – Les Açores en Baie de Morlaix, thus completing the 500 miles of the course in first position in the Series boats after 3 days 19 hours 52 minutes and 09 seconds at sea. Already leader in the provisional general classification of the event with a lead of 1h34 over his runner-up at the end of the first two races, the skipper of Kelyfos therefore won the event (under reserve of protest of the jury).
The Interview is below:
You sign a second stage victory and the overall victory. Do we imagine you are very satisfied?
“Clearly yes! The victory in the general classification is even more beautiful, precisely because there is the stage victory that goes with it. When leaving Roscoff, my objective was clearly to get a podium to succeed in winning the event. The first place, I could not ask for better! “
You showed great consistency over the three stages (1 st , 4 th , 1 st ). Yet they were very different …
“We actually had all types of conditions over all of these three races. On the first two, I did really well in the light winds. The fact of winning the third, which was rather muscular, shows that it is not only in the light tunes that I do well so it’s cool. “
Tanguy Bouroullec, the winner in Proto, found this final round difficult. You too ?
“Still yes. We still had a gust of wind in the middle, between the Brittany point and the Gironde estuary, and our boats are extremely uncomfortable. So we had to do violence to attack throughout, without being tempted to fall into a quieter mode. This is how significant gaps were created within the fleet. The start of the race was very tight, although quite soon after the start there was an option along the Île de Batz, with the current. I had precisely in mind what I wanted to do and the whole group finally went very far in this option but behind, the wind rotations did not necessarily take place as expected. Suddenly, it turned out to be much less profitable than some imagined. For my part, I fought to keep the little lead I had.I accentuated it in strong winds and I’m happy with that because in heavy weather, it’s not just the performance of the boat that makes the difference. The mind becomes essential to continue to navigate foot to the ground. “
On this section, you had a good fight with Jean-Marie Jézéquel but you ended up widening the gap again at the end of the course in the calm where you seem, definitely, very comfortable …
“In heavy weather, Jean-Marie actually went very fast. I knew he had both the boat and the mind to give me a hard time. In light airs, and especially downwind, I knew on the other hand that if I managed to be a little bit ahead of him, normally he would have trouble overtaking me. He understood that, I think, because he didn’t really give up, but he saw the gap gradually creeping in and the calm coming in addition, which probably didn’t help him. Besides, I admit that it was not easy, in my head, to end with a completely calm night. We knew we would have north-west which would veer south-west around 2 am. We hoped to get there before, but it turned out differently and it took a very long time… ”
For a test run on the Mini 6.50 circuit, we can say that it is rather successful?
” Rather yes ! (Laughs) “
You can read the whole article in French here