Published on 26/06/2019
Briton Alan Roberts sailing Seacat Services, has today picked up the inaugural Vivi Trophy for finishing the 2019 La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro as the top placed international competitor. The race within a race, similar to the Rookie trophy for first timers, is judged the same way as the overall classification, that is to say on cumulative elapsed time over the event’s four legs.
Roberts from Southampton was leading the battle for the trophy coming into the final 500-nautical mile stage from Roscoff to Dieppe, and when he crossed the finish line in this afternoon in 27th place, after 3 days, 20 hours, 49 minutes and 21 seconds at sea, his positioned was confirmed.
Seven non-French competitors have taken part in this 50th anniversary edition of La Solitaire and subject to confirmation, Swiss competitor Justine Mettraux (Teamwork) finishes as the second placed international and Briton Will Harris (HIVE Energy) is third in what is only his second ever La Solitaire.
The Vivi Trophy is a new perpetual trophy presented by Meagan and Marcus Hutchinson and Eliane and Bernard Lalanne for the first time in 2019. The intent of the trophy is two-fold.
Firstly, to develop another angle on which to communicate the non-French presence in the race hence encouraging other non-French skippers to compete in the solo offshore racing world. And secondly, to drive the competition between these non-French skippers, rewarding them with the recognition they so badly deserve, and giving them an intermediate goal to aim for as the progress over the years within the highly competitive Figaro world.