At the age of 62, Francis Joyon won for the first time in seven participations, on the night of Sunday to Monday, the Route du Rhum, setting at the same time a new record of speed.
Pure madness! Never has a victory been played in a finish so tight for forty years and eleven edition. At age 62, Francis Joyon won, on the night of Sunday, November 11 to Monday, November 12, the Route du Rhum at the end of a great body to body with the young François Gabart, 35 years old.
The seventh was the good one! Since his first participation in 1990, Francis Joyon had never managed to win on the Route du Rhum.
But, 2018 will have definitely been his year. Arriving at 11:21 pm, at Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe (4 h 21 metropolis, 3 h 21 GMT) after 7 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes and 47 seconds spent at sea, the browser has established a new record (the previous one was held by Loïck Peyron in 2014, 7d 15h 8 min 32 sec).
"It was really an amazing race," teasing "with François [Gabart]it was really exciting, "Joyon said after showering the crowd on the pontoons and sketching a few dance steps.
Gabart, who held the lead for almost the entire seven days of this solo Atlantic crossing, finished second with only 7 minutes and 8 seconds behind Joyon, at the helm of a seriously damaged boat. storms that chained themselves during the crossing, trouble he had been up until Sunday.
First publication: 12/11/2018