Francis Joyon and François Gabart showed an epic duel in the last hours of the transatlantic voyage that saw each other before Joyon won.
It was in an extraordinary night final, full of tensions that the 11th Route du rhum ended with the victory of Francis Joyon a few yards, just a few hundred meters from François Gabart.
The decision has been made in recent days, in the last minutes. This revival of the naval legend, the arrival of the Route du rum original, in 1978, the result was bound for about 98 seconds between Mike Birch and Michel Malinovsky after 23 days at sea. look small Olympus-Photo for Kriter V he was well-encouraged forty years ago, all sails deserted, the victory of this edition was played at night, in a very weak wind where tactics and maneuvering intelligence gained all their significance.
Less than a mile from the target (less than two kilometers), the two ships were a few hundred yards away, so two boat commanders almost found themselves before Joyon decided to win a 4:22 victory.
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.