a first world tour which did not keep its promises

The start of the Arkéa Ultim Challenge on January 7 in Brest Alexis Courcoux / Panoramic / ALEXIS COURCOUX

Solo rider of Charles Caudrelier, lack of sporting rivalry, mass pit stops… The first edition of the race did not give any thrills.

« How many will there be on arrival? ? And in what state ? After completing the loop without any stopover (authorized by the regulations) ? And how many, supreme tragedy, will be unable to bring back their boat, forced to abandon it to the good will of the oceans, never kind to intruders ? So many questions, doubts, uncertainties », which we expressed before the departure of the six sailors at the helm of the giant, flying trimarans of the Arkéa Ultim Challenge, on January 7 from Brest. And this unprecedented race around the world delivered its verdict this Tuesday morning, crowning Charles Caudrelier, already winner of the Route du rhum two years ago.

The former round-the-world crew member said it before setting off: « Whoever doesn’t stop will have a good chance of winning. » He and his five rivals will not have succeeded in completing the circumnavigation without returning to port. Yet it was « a goal and a pride » for the trimaran skipper Edmond de Rothschildas he…

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