Francis Joyon won the Route du Rhum and set a speed record

Frenchman Francis Guion (Francis Joyon) at 6:26 am UTC was the first to cross the finish line the race Route du Rhum. The way Brittany from Saint Malo to the Caribbean Pointe-a-Pitre (French Guadeloupe) on Maxi trimaran IDEC Sport took him 7 days, 14 hours and 21 minutes. It is 46 minutes and 45 seconds faster than the time of the last record of the race, which was installed in 2014, the Frenchman Loic with Paranam (Loïck Peyron) 31.5-metre Maxi Banque Populaire VII. During the race, Guyon passed 4,367 nautical miles at an average speed of 23.95 node.

Literally until the last minute keeps the intrigue, who will become the overall winner of the Route du Rhum, and at the same time and the winner in tier ULTIME. Before the finish, Joyon and françois Gabaret (François Gabart), who has long been leading the race, made a real match race. The competition between the athletes ended in the closest finish in the race history since 1978.

Dim lost to his opponent in just 7 minutes and 8 seconds.

When Guyon and Dim skirted the Western coast of the island of Basse-Terre, the distance between riders was reduced to a minimum. If in the middle of the Atlantic, the Envelope was pulled forward by 160 nautical miles, now they were only 20. To finish they had to go 28 miles.

The current Route du Rhum, perhaps, would have ended with the victory of the Envelope, and if his 32-foot MACIF have not lost during the race part of the rudder and foiler.

“During these six days, Francois has had more problems than during his entire 42-day voyage around the world”, — stated in the team yachtsman.

As it turned out, Dim lost fouler even on the second night of the race (from 5 to 6 November). Although the case with no damage, the item just disappeared. Some time later, cracked the pen left the helm. But, according to technical Director of the team of gabara, breakage more than anything else motivated the sailor to move forward as quickly as possible. All of these problems, the team said only a few hours to finish.

The remaining two sailors of the division ULTIME, the French of Romain of Billiard (Romain Pilliard) and Thomas Coville (Thomas Covillie), from the finish line separates the nearly three thousand nautical miles. Now they say goodbye to Spain and Portugal.

Much closer to the finish line a fleet of MULTI50 and IMOCA. The leader in the class of trimarans Frenchman Armel tripon the (Armel Tripon) only a little more than 1300 nautical miles. His nearest rival, Thibaut Vase-camu (Thibaut Vauchel-Camus), behind 266 nautical miles. The ability to get ahead of the Tripon received after the weekend leading at the time Vose-Camus and Erwan Le Roux (Erwan Le Roux) made a technical stop in the Azores.

Echelon IMOCA still remains the fastest Briton Alex Thomson (Alex Thomson). For the last days of his separation from the nearest rivals, the French Field Malata (Paul Meilhat) and Vincent RIOU (Vincent Riou), increased again to 100 nautical miles.

The CLASS40 fleet is a little closer to Madeira and the Western trade winds to help sailors cross the Atlantic. Band leader Frenchman Joanna Resome (Yoann Richomme) to the finish line is a little more than two thousand nautical miles. His closest rival, Briton Phil sharp (Phil Sharp) behind him at 90 nautical miles.

The company is the leader of the RHUM MONO Lavigne Sidney (Sidney Gavignet). Coming in second place Sebastian Destremau (Sebastien Destremau) are separated more than 330 nautical miles. However, loneliness at the yacht delivers Havinge fun:

“I just try to be “in your bubble”, and it’s nice. But when my brain starts to worry about the future, I’m talking to myself. Sometimes you have to speak loudly: “pull yourself together, Sid!” It is useful to use the vocal cords when you’re one,” said Lavigne.

But the leader of the group RHUM MULTI Pierre Antoine (Pierre Antoine), detached from its fellow tier 560 nautical miles, has already reached the trade winds. To finish he will undergo a 1900 nautical miles.

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