François Gabart and Francis Joyon are expected at Pointe-à-Pitre this Sunday at the end of the day. In which order; Advantage to Gabart but the anxiety remains.
The most beautiful transatlantic will be entitled to a nice result for its 40 years. Perhaps not as legendary as 1978 and the famous "98 seconds of eternity" between Mike Birch and Michel Malinovsky. But it is definitely worth seeing it. After the first difficult days, characterized by weather conditions and catastrophic breakdowns, especially among the Ultimate, Route du rum will offer an exciting arrival this Sunday with a delicious duel between François Gabart and Francis Joyon. A solid leader since Monday, the captain of Macif saw his good lead melting in the approach of the Western Indian Archer. At 2:45 am French Sunday time, Idec Sport was no more than 78 miles from the blue-white-yellow maxi-trimaran and was about to reach six knots faster. François Gabart saved his horse before proceeding to the dangerous tour of the island? Possible. Meanwhile, Menhir Locmariaquer, 62, will do everything to play a dirty trick in his newest (35 years) while touring the island, a true peace fair of the 11th edition.
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Saturday, Joyon confessed "Shoot like crazy" on his boat, winner of the last two Rum versions with Franck Cammas (2010) and Loic Peyron (2014) at his wheel. Hope to offer him 3e it should reach Tête à l'Anglais, an island north of Basse-Terre, less than 100 miles back (about 3 hours). And you reign for the shelters, the Sargassum rafts, and the slim bottle-shaped rum bottle to complicate the work of an expected Gabart in the northern part of the island between 11:00 and 13:00 local time (and 5 to 6 hours later the finish line ). All in irregular weather, between seeds and terrestrial waters, flat calm and sorrow. What will Gabart's astonishing bitterness begin with? It remains to be seen.
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Even if he could not put his young rider on the pole, Joyon could be proud of his 7th rum that was not expected in such a party until the jungle of new flying boats (Edmond de Rothshild, Banque Populaire IX) . "Seeing Francis still in the race for victory in the last hours of the race, it's great, he's been delighted by Patrice Lafargue, President of Idec Sport, and I knew he was motivated, but I was a little anxious about the competition of the last generation of boats. , his 35-year-old and his very successful boat, Francis is in the game, and it's amazing in 62. I wonder how far he goes. "In Pointe-à-Pitre, everyone was asking the same question as the verdict.