June 2015 Alan Roberts updates the Trustees on his progress in the Solitaire du Figaro where the RSrnYC Trust supported his entry fee.
"Coming in to the last leg now of this years Solitaire du figaro it is still all to play for. I am currently in 13th place overall having had a really good couple of legs; Leg 2 coming 10th and Leg 3 coming in to the UK top brit and in 9th place. In Leg 3 it was nice to have a good start and hold a good position all the way through the race, losing a bit of distance at some points but not as much as previously.. even with the disability of having no computer after the first night when it randomly decided to stop working meaning I had no positioning for the other boats and no sleep over the nights crossing the channel and the south coast of England as been on cargo ship and fishing boat watch was key!
The amount I have been learning from each leg is phenomenal with the opportunity to line up against the very best sailors not just for one or 2 hours but for 3 or 4 days. Also giving me a large confidence boost that I really am on the pace and even at some points of sail arguably the quickest boat on the water. But this offshore sailing as with any sailing you can have ups and downs no matter how hard you are trying and how much preparation you do sometimes the weather is not on your side or you can end up on the rocks and having to pull out from a leg, touch wood this has not been the case for me yet but it can happen to anyone... even the very best!
Torque has been a great stop over arguably the best so far (apart from the start) we have been blessed with great weather a welcoming town. There was a successful Pro am race put on in the bay where I had some Competition winners on board and finished 7th. Looking like a tricky last leg, starting in some decent wind befor some high pressures settle in over the channel with a couple of ridges passing over the course making for some big wind transitions."