This Sunday, at 13:02hrs, the first of four legs of the 49th edition of the Solitaire Urgo – Le Figaro have been kick off. At that point, Cécile Laguette and the 36 other Figaro sailors competing in the event have been launch into three intense weeks of competition, which will take them from Le Havre to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, via Saint Brieuc and Ria de Muros – Noia, in Spain. Once again, Cécile will have to overcome numerous pitfalls and remain clear-headed from start to finish in a bid to perform at her very best. Obviously, this won’t be an easy task, as the skipper of Eclisse confirms: “The Solitaire is primarily a race against the clock and the slightest error is generally pretty costly”. Taking the start of the race for the 3rd consecutive time, the sailor is naturally drawing on the lessons she’s learned from her previous participations. “Today, the stress of the unknown inevitably has less of a sting than on previous occasions. I also know that it’s important not to let myself be influenced by the others. Indeed, over recent months, I’ve been working on myself so I can be more confident about my choices and manage to stay in my bubble and remain calm and focused”, says Cécile, who has also been putting a great deal of care into the preparation of her boat and giving her all in her training sessions in Port-la-Forêt. “This week, that past work means I’m more free to work on my nav.”, notes the sailor, who is hoping to be battling it out with the top half of the fleet. “If I could tease a place for myself around 15th to 20th overall I’d be happy and if I could finish a leg in the top 15 that would be really fantastic”, announces Cécile, who almost managed to do just that in the second race of the last edition, last summer, after holding onto 12th place for the bulk of the race before a slightly less shrewd option towards the end. “If I manage to tick off these objectives, I know it would be worth its weight in gold in the long term”. There’s nothing else for it!