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Route du Rhum: Arrival of Yann Guichard, second in Point-à-Pitre
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Podium finish for Spindrift 2 in the Route du Rhum, fantastic achievement for Yann Guichard!

Yann Guichard has beaten all the odds and climbed the highest mountain, finishing in second position in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. An astounding acheivement, sailing across the Atlantic single-handed from Saint-Malo to Pointe-à-Pitre aboard Spindrift 2, the largest racing…

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Yann Guichard finishes 2nd in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe aboard Spindrift 2, the largest racing trimaran in the world

Yann Guichard has finished the 10th edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe in second position. After 8 days, 5 hours, 18 minutes and 46 seconds of racing, his maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 crossed the finish line in Pointe-à-Pitre today (Monday, November 10th) at 14:18:46 local time…

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Final few hours at sea for Spindrift 2, 400 nautical miles from the finish in Pointe-à-Pitre

Exactly one week after the Route du Rhum began in Saint-Malo, the leaders are already preparing for their arrival in Guadeloupe. As the layer of clouds rises following 48 hours of heavy rain, all eyes on the island are turning…

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Tropical squalls

Yann Guichard and Spindrift 2 continue to march towards Guadeloupe in moderate, unstable trade winds, averaging speeds of 15 knots. The squalls are less frequent than last night and instability is low to moderate. This morning, Banque Populaire VII began…

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The race is electric

With less than 1,000 miles to go, the two maxi-trimarans leading the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe have run into squalls. Under huge cloud formations the wind is oscillating between the north-east and the south-east, with speeds varying from 5 knots…

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Full speed

Both boats have gybed, Loïck Peyron at 7pm (CET) yesterday evening and Yann Guichard at 11pm. The two leaders have both adopted a port tack in a trade wind that is dwindling again. Squalls are also back, forcing the two…

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Beware of the tropics

Driven by the trade winds, the trimarans are cruising through warm, turquoise waters. While the sailors are now clad in shorts and t-shirts, there are still nervous times ahead. The north-east wind has built up and stabilised at around 20…

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One gybe after another…

The race continues in the trade winds. Despite unstable winds, Spindrift 2 shaved another 20 nautical miles off Loïck Peyron’s lead last night, with 1,500 miles to go until arriving in Pointe-à-Pitre. Thanks to his perfect gybing over the past…

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Yann Guichard relentless all the way

“Physically, it’s like climbing Mount Everest,” Yann said in yesterday’s video recorded onboard Spindrift 2, the largest boat in the Ultimes class. Yet his clear, calm and collected voice could not hide the tired look on his face, clearly affected…

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