During the last Transatlantic hours, Francis Joyon and François Gabart performed an epic duel while driving to each other before Joyon won the race.
It was an extraordinary night-finale, full of not worried that the 11th Route du Rhum tour ended with the victory of Francis Joyon, in front of some, just a few hundred meters from François Gabart.
The decision was taken at the last hour, in the last minute. It rebuilt the sea legend, namely the arrival of the route rum in 1978, the result was seized for about 98 seconds between Mike Berzer and Michel Malinovsky after 23 days at sea. But when the small look Olympus, Photo behind Kriter V was done well before the hangman was forty years ago, all the sails swallowed, winning this edition at night, in a very weak wind, where tactics and maneuvering intelligence have used all their significance.
Less than a mile from the finish (less than two kilometers), two boats were a few hundred yards away, putting the two captains close to gold before Joyon made a decisive position; wins the big metropolis 4:22.
Exceptional temporary case
In most of the 2018 events that took place on November 4th in Saint-Malo, France's Gubara led the race Macif, his Ultimate class sails, with Francis Joyon after him, but dropped to 165 miles in the center of the Atlantic. But in the last few hours, with the West Indies approach, Francis Joyon made an extraordinary return.
Sunday until the captainIdec Sport Pointing less than 15 miles, it was learned that the French Gabard had lost foil, rather than saffron, during his crossing, explaining the increasing difficulty of keeping a gap with his persecutor.
Two competing masters had to develop Guadeloupe from the west, and then they returned to the north to reach the finish line to Pointe-a-Pitre. Joyon was first able to return to less than one nautical mile (1.8 km) in this western windless area. After dusk, two boats could be seen at a distance, but the transatlantic turned into a coastal regatta. On the last float, on this cool coast, a breeze, Macif crossed the mark 17 minutes before Idec Sport. Soon after that, François Gabart was able to recover a lasting wind, but Francis Joyon was dragging a locker rope onto his right handlebar.
But that's two tactical maneuvers game racing that Joyon won in 62nd year on his first Route du Rhum. Two orders, together with the difficulties of Gabart, to quickly achieve the same maneuvers that sealed the result of this Route du Rhum. And in the last few meters it provided only a few wind knots, and this was an exceptional image of two sailors from side to side, and where Idec Sport led the final change. Leaving Gabary for 7 minutes and 8 seconds.