THE POINT – From the first miles, the Route du Rhum 2018 is lively. Sébastien Josse and Thomas Coville, two of the favorites, suffered great damage in their maxi trimarans. In the final scoring, François Gabart (Macif) leads the top of the race. The next 24 hours will be shaken.
– Yohan ROBLIN
They were promised hell on the night of Monday 5 to Tuesday 6 November, the captains of Route du Rhum faced much earlier. The first day of this 11th edition of the transatlantic race was not easy for the fleet of 123 ships. Many of them were forced to divert to make repairs on their boats. Winner of the 2013 Vendée Globe and holder of the world record (42 days 16 hours and 40 minutes), François Gabart Macif took control of the race after the morning injury Sebastien Josse.
Every day at 6pm, until arrival in Guadeloupe on Sunday, LCI takes stock of the race.
Already finished for Sébastien Josse (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild), one of the favorites for the final victory. While leading the fleet ahead of Gabart (Macif), the captain of his maximum trimaran Gitana 17 suffered great damage at dawn. Around five-thirty in the morning, he informed the crew that a chunk of its starboard bow floated, the right side of the boat had been ripped off. Safe and secure, Josse was forced to put the flashing light on the port of La Coruña. In the middle of the day, the Gitana team had sent a crew on the spot and was looking to "house quickly" the captain before a storm hit the next night.
Sébastien Josse, then Thomas Coville and now Jérémie Beyou: Bad weather causes a lot of damage on the Route du Rhum. While the start was given only 24 hours ago, the transatlantic race is experiencing a hectic start. Leaving Saint-Malo on Sunday early in the afternoon, the 123-vessel fleet has already suffered. A boat ran aground Sunday night, that of Willy Bissainte (C & # 39; Guadalupe). Others headed to Brest to repair as Jean Galfione (Serenis Consulting) or Roscoff, as Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée). And the worst is yet to come with a violent storm announced on Tuesday in the Bay of Biscay. Winds of 40 knots and large ditches are expected.
François Gabart (Macif) leads the fleet led by Ultim Armel Le Cléac (Maxi Banque Populaire IX) and Francis Joyon (Idec Sport) . In Imoca, 18-meter monohulls and stars of the legendary world tour, the Vendée Globe, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) leads, with Vincent Riou (PRB) and Paul Meilhat (SMA). In Multi50 (multihulls of 15m), Lalou Roucayrol (Arkema) was in the first position while in Class40 (monohull of 12m), it is Yoan Richomme (Veedol – AIC) who holds the rudder.
1 – François Gabart (FRA / Macif) at 2923.3 miles from the end
2 – Armel Le Cléacé (FRA / Banque Populaire IX) 40 km from the leader
3 – Francis Joyon (FRA / Idec Sport) 32.8 km from the leader
1 – Lalou Roucayrol (FRA / Arkema) at 3156.6 miles from the end
2 – Thierry Bouchard (FRA / Ciela Village) at 44.7 miles from the leader
3 – Armel Tripon (FRA / Reaute Chocolat) 52,1 thousands of the leader
1 – Alex Thomson (GBR / Hugo Boss) at 3096.2 miles from the end
2 – Vincent Riou (FRA / PRB)) within 21.5 miles of the leader
3 – Paul Meilhat (FRA / SMA) 25.8 miles from the leader
1 – Yoann Richomme (FRA / Veedol-AIC) 3220.1 miles from the final
2 – Louis Duc (FRA / Carac) 6 km from the leader
3 – Luke Berry (ENG / Lamotte – Creation Module) 9,9 miles from the leader
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