At 17:37 local time Sébastien Simon (Brittany Crédit Mutuel Performance) takes the Turkish Trophy at the half way point of the 4th and final stage of the La Solitaire URGO le Figaro. First to round the Wolf Rock Lighthouse Simon lead 2nd place Charlie Dalin (Skipper Macif 2015) on the water by 1min22s and third place Adrien Hardy (Agir Recouvrement) by 2mins40.
We take a moment to look at the overall times and current positions of the skippers at the half way stage, and there are some interesting observations to make with every second counting:
Nicolas Lunven (Generali) whilst back in the pack has had his 24min lead halved to 10min35, Adrien Hardy (Agir Recouvrement) is hot on his heels and retains a comfortable buffer of 35mins to 3rd place Charlie Dalin.
Some of the biggest changes come a little further down the leaderboard, Julien Pulve (Team Vendee Formation) gaining 3 places from 10th to 7th whilst for others such as Damien Cloarec (Saferail) the opposite situation is unfolding, falling 7 places down to 14th.
Between 7th and 13th place there is only 8mins20 between the skippers allowing for lots of opportunities for this area of the leaderboard to change on the overall standings, the tightest being Justine Mettraux (Teamwork) just 22 second behind Pulve at the halfway stage of leg 4.
For the Brits, Alan Roberts (Seacat services) gains a position on the overall with 6min40 to 21st position. Hugh Brayshaw (The Offshore Academy) has 12min12 to gain 24th position but a comfortable buffer of 22min on his closest competitor, Mary Rook gaining some time on her competitors on this leg and advances 2 positions to 27th place with just under an hour to make up on 26th place.
The final half of this leg, running down the English coast before another channel crossing and into Dieppe could allow for further shake up in the standings, however, if the positions were to hold there would be no upset in the top 3 standings.
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