• The Utime Comeback Of A Lifetime!

    Unbelievable ! Completely crazy! After 6 days of chase after Francois Gabart, everything finally played at the end of a tour of Guadeloupe totally crazy, in the devents and the petole. On board IDEC Sport, Francis Joyon wins an anthology final.

    At the mark of Basse Terre, with 17 minutes in advance, we think that MACIF has won race. There are still 30 miles to go in evanescent airs. 30 miles of total suspense and twists. Between the south of the island and the finish line, Francis Joyon, shifted to the ground, manages to take the ascendancy in a laughing stock. Although slowed by a fishing net caught in one of his rudders, the skipper of IDEC Sport retains the advantage. Two miles from the line, the wind falls again. MACIF, slightly faster, returns to contact and the two opponents are soon found edge to edge, at 3 knots speed. We must still stall a very delicate transfer. Francis does not tremble in the maneuver and manages to win this Sunday, November 11 at 23 h 21 minutes 47 seconds (local time) with only 7 minutes and 8 seconds ahead of the blue trimaran. A gap that makes legendary this 11th edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe.

    The skipper of IDEC Sport took 7 days 14 hours 21 minutes and 47 seconds to finish the course of 3542 miles at an average speed of 19.42 knots. He set a new reference time on the course by beating the time in 2014 by Loļck Peyron by 46 minutes and 45 seconds. At 62, the holder of the Jules Vernes Trophy has led an exceptional race with strength of arms and mind. Until the end, he will have given everything to try to delight the victory to his young competitor. With success ! After seven attempts, he won the very first Guadeloupe Destination Rhum Road of his career.

    The times and speeds:
    7d 14h 21mn 47sec at 19.42 knots on the theoretical course of 3542 miles
    Distance actually traveled: 4367 miles at 23.95 knots average

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