Francis Joyon on "Idec Sport" won the Route du rhum 2018, before François Gabart after an exceptional final – Sailing



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Francis Joyon and François Gabart showed an epic duel in the last hours of the transatlantic voyage that saw each other before Joyon won.

Exceptional voltage

During most of the 2018 events held in Saint Malo on 4 November, the François Gabart Macif, his latest sailboat class, with Francis Joyon in his side, but relocated for 165 miles in the heart of the Atlantic. But in the last few hours Francis Joyon made an extraordinary return on his arrival in the West Indies.

Sunday, while the ship's commanderIdec Sport It showed less than 15 miles, it was found that François Gabart lost a foil rather than saffron at his overrun, explaining his growing difficulties to keep a gap with his pursuer.

Two competing captains then had to bypass Guadeloupe from the west and then head north to reach the target line against Pointe-à-Pitre. In this western area, without wind, Joyon first managed to return to less than one nautical mile (1.8 km). At dusk, two ships were seen in the distance, while the transatlantic became a coastal regatta. At the last buoy, on this cold coast in the wind, Macif crossed the mark 17 minutes ahead of us Idec SportShortly after, François Gabart managed to recover some sustained wind while Francis Joyon was on the right hand wheel.

But in two tactical maneuvers match racing that Joyon had his first Route du rum in the year 62. Two problems associated with the difficulty for Gabarta that they succeeded in the same maneuver so quickly, capturing the result of this path du rhum. And only a few nodes wind in the last few meters, this exceptional image of two sailing boats on the edge and where Idec Sport managed to perfectly change. He left Gabart 7 minutes and 8 seconds behind.

Francis Joyon before his transfer, which put him in front of François Gabarta. (L & Equipe)

Francis Joyon before his transfer, which put him in front of François Gabarta. (L & Equipe)

The two captains are almost approaching the edge in the climb to the finish. (L & Equipe)

The two captains are almost approaching the edge in the climb to the finish. (L & Equipe)

Benoît Furic


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