Exmouth sailor Matson is first Rookie over the Plymouth finish line in the 2014 Solitaire du Figaro

PUBLISHED: 00:33 12 June 2014 | UPDATED: 00:33 12 June 2014

Sam Matson on board his Artemis boat

Sam Matson on board his Artemis boat

Archant

Exmouth sailor Sam Matson finished the first leg of the 2014 Solitaire du Figaro 12th overall and first Rookie after three days, three hours and fifty two minutes and 39 seconds at sea and after 484 miles of racing aboard Artemis 21.

Sailing through the lock at Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, 23-year-old Sam’s smile was visible from the marina wall, as he sailed home to his University town of Plymouth to be welcomed by his family, friends and local Plymouth supporters. After showering the crowds with his first bottle of Pol Roger (and hopefully not the last) in celebration Sam announced:

“I am totally overwhelmed, I don’t know what to think right now! I wasn’t sure I’d done it or really where I was in the fleet until I crossed the finish line – I’m so happy. It was so exciting to be told I’d won the Rookie division, as it’s a class highly regarded within the race.”

“It was really tough out there, the conditions were totally up and down. We had shut downs and then too much breeze at times – rounding Wolf Rock yesterday evening when Yann Elies lost his rig was all pretty scary, you kind of just hope yours is going to stay upright when something like that happens.”

“I’m feeling pretty good right now, I’m sure I’ll start to feel it later, but right now I feel pretty good because I’ve just sprayed Pol Roger champagne all over my face!”

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to be sailing into Plymouth this afternoon. In fact for most of the leg of the race we were sailing along the south coast, which was where I learned to sail – so it was pretty special for me. I nearly had to tack off of Exmouth, (Ottery St Mary) where my parents live – but then I got a lift on the wind, and when I realised I was a little bit disappointed that I wasn’t going closer to home!”

“It was great to race along a coastline that I knew, and I think that really gave me confidence. Sailing into Plymouth Sound just now – I couldn’t keep the smile off of my face.”

Watch Sam’s entry into Sutton Harbour and his finishing interview online here. (From mobile)

Artemis Offshore Academy skipper Sam finished 12th overall and first of the seven boat Rookie division, behind French podium finishers; Alexis Loison (Groupe Fiva) – the overall leg winner, Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012) in second position and Jérémie Beyou (Maître Coq) in third.

Leg 1 of the 2014 mile Solitaire du Figaro saw the fleet race 484 miles from Deauville, France to Plymouth UK. The 38 strong Solitaire du Figaro fleet, which includes eight British sailors (the most the race has ever seen), will now rest and recuperate in Plymouth for two days ahead of the start of the 535 mile leg 2 – from Plymouth, UK to Roscoff – starting on Saturday 14th June.

You can track the British fleet on their next leg via the Artemis Offshore Academy and Solitaire du Figaro websites, as well as following us on Facebook and Twitter.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

12:15

Sidmouth Warriors Under-13s powered to a 14-0 victory when they met Crediton in an Exeter and District Youth League Division Two game.

Read more
12:14

Sidmouth Town Reserves were beaten by the odd goal in five when they entertained University Reserves in a Macron League Division One game at Manstone Lane on Tuesday evening.

Read more
12:13

For the second successive weekend the point-to-point meeting at Kilworthy has had to be cancelled.

Read more
09:41

N1 Tri Club athlete Ellie Dominey was in action at the Clumber Park Sprint Duathlon held in the iconic setting of Sherwood Forest.

Read more
09:31

Sidmouth Under-10s have played host two sets of touring teams over the past fortnight.

Read more
09:28

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) ladies second XI rounded off their superb Sedgemoor Division Two season with a 7-1 win at home to Taunton Vale.

Read more
09:27

The first of the Sidmouth seniors golf matches of the season took them to Cricket St Thomas, writes Chris Grubb.

Read more
Tue, 11:23

Family day at Exeter Racecourse on Wednesday, April 11 is free for kids and one of the track’s busiest and most action-packed days of the year, writes Lucy Johnson.

Read more
Tue, 11:22

Sidmouth Chiefs went down 10-6 at home to Wellington, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Tue, 11:17

A handful of N1 Tri Club athletes emerged from their winter training hibernation last week to dust off their kit and tackle a couple of duathlon (run-bike-run) events, writes Ellie Dominey.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications