(November 17, 2022; Day 9) – The Ultim podium 32/23 of the 12th Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe was completed yesterday (Wednesday) when Thomas Covel brought his Sodebo Ultim 3 across the finish line from Pointe-a-Pitre in 1952 UTC Coordinator (1542 hours local time) 10 hours and fifty minutes after winner Charles Caudriller.
The performance extends Coville’s remarkable history with the solo race across the Atlantic. He has now finished on the podium five times in his seven “Rhums” races. He won the IMOCA class in 1998 when deputizing for Yves Parlier who was injured before the start in a hanging skid accident, then finished third in the Multibody or Ultim divisions in 2006, 2010 and 2018.
Covel followed François Jabart (SVR Lazartegue) across the line seven hours and 34 minutes after his runner-up after spending some time in fishing nets in the west of the island. Even though both Gabart and Coville finished in the same positions as the last edition four years ago, it was a very different and better race, and in fact, Coville also bettered the 2018 track record.
Jabart’s elapsed time in his first ever race for the new SVR Lazartigue was 6 days 23 hours 3 minutes 15 seconds 3 hours 15 minutes 50 seconds behind class winner Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild).
Gabbart looked comfortable on the pavement, knowing he had been beaten by the record team that had been improving and updating Ultim since the last race in 2018. “This time finishing second is different because this is a new boat, whereas it was the last time” the race Final with the old boat,” said Gabbart.
“It looks promising for the future. I’m disappointed that I didn’t win, but I’m happy to get second. The boat has made progress since last year. Charles deserved to win. They are the boat and the team. We’re close to Gitana in terms of performance and maybe in some weather we’ll be better.” Congratulations to Charles, a great solo sailor. He’s made great progress with Frank Camas. He was the pre-start favorite and he lived up to it.”
Covell added: “It was a great fight, well done Charles and François. I think we had the competition we would have expected among the Ultim boats. Everyone tried something and dared to do their own moves. It involves a lot of hard physical work. I gave it my all.” In the end, I’m glad I sailed a good race, a good road down the Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe route. That may not have been my goal, as I was hoping to win, but fights like this are rare, so I’m glad.”
Meanwhile, in this afternoon’s Ultim class on their final approach to Guadeloupe, Francis Guyon (IDEC Sport) is fourth and less than 80 miles behind Yves Le Blevec (ACTUAL Ultim 3), with seasoned veteran Joyon preparing this time to try and contain the boat that Taking it to a 2018 race victory.
Guyon, aboard his own IDEC SPORT built in 2006, is well positioned this time around to start racing around the island ahead of his rival. The boats were neck and neck averaging 27 knots, but Guyon, with his conventional boat, fended off the trimaran’s flying attacks.
“With Bernard (Stam) and Christian (Doumard), we focused on two pocketers which allowed me to pass to the lead in the actual work. We’ve been struggling with Yves since the start. It would be a pleasure to finish in front of him. I think I’ve always been around Guadeloupe at night “.
In the IMOCA class, longtime leader Charlie Dallin (APIVIA) has 24 miles on hand and puts his faith in going straight south as the Figaro-style close battle trails Thomas Royant (LinkedOut) behind him. This is the closest competitor to the West.
This morning Royant said, “Right now it’s more or less stabilized, but a lot of clouds appear later in the day with big shifts. This changes the angle and speed of the wind and at night we can’t see anything. You need luck to be on your side.” There’s a global strategy for going around the top, but we need to address these obstacles and there are so many of them. It’s hard to find any time to sleep. I have more sail changes coming, as the winds are set to get stronger. Charlie (Dalen) is very fast. His chips stronger than those in the rest of the fleet.
However, this difference is less pronounced downwind. Everything is very close with Jérémie (Beyou) who is close to us, Maxime (Sorel) is pressing us now and there is also Paul (Meilhat), Kevin (Escoffier) and Justine (Mettraux). We are a small group that works very hard. We knew from the start that with the 38 IMOCA, it would be close. ”
Sailing in his IMOCA race solo debut, Swiss captain Justine Mettraux (Teamwork.net) is in great shape in seventh place. Today I mentioned, “I’m trying to find the right speed and the right path. I lost a little bit of ground during the night. Right now there’s some wind and seas okay. At night we can’t see anything, so it’s a bit random with gusts. It takes a while.” To irony.
“I’m happy to be in this group. After that, it feels a bit more difficult. Now we’re ready to head windward towards Guadeloupe. I’m in a good group and I’m learning from them. It’s nice and hot, so you sweat a lot when doing the manoeuvres. I know my boat well and I don’t get No surprises. In twenty knots of wind, I feel like I’m in control.”
Mettraux has a more than 270-mile lead over French-German Isabelle Joshcke (MACSF), who is eighth. Britain’s Babe Hare (Medalia) remains resolute after tearing her forepass mainsail but reaches 12th after putting her faith to the west, near the bearing line. New Zealander Conrad Coleman (imagine) finishes 17th in a solid race on his unstoppable boat. Seb Marsset (Mon Courtier Energie-Cap Agir Ensemble) is the ninth-best daggerboad, and he’s also, like the Hare, far west of Coleman.
Hungarian rookie Szabi Weeores is having a good race with young Brit James Harayada (Gentoo Racing) who is gradually finding his feet, going fast and enjoying sailing in the sun with the ‘big gear’ for the first time. Sabi ranks twentieth and Harida ranks twenty-first.
Harida, 24, gushed, “We’re on the burn right now, going fast in the right direction. It’s a good sign for any yacht race. It feels good to go fast. I feel a little like I deserve it. It’s been a tough first week. Now This is my longest time at sea.
“I didn’t think I’d feel this way because I’m usually a pretty laid-back, laid-back person, but when you’re here and you hear about boating accidents, I get a little bit of a relief here. It’s not lonely, but you feel isolated, not in a bad way, but I didn’t. I feel it before.”
China’s “Jacky”, Jingkun Xu also made a huge lead in his first ever IMOCA race. Was happy today to get photos from Fabrice Amedeo, of a board in the Azores that a Qingdao skipper made at the end of his circumnavigation voyage two years ago. Amedeo had to abandon IMOCA when it caught fire and sank earlier in the race. He was rescued by a cargo ship that was shot down in the Azores
Today Jackie wrote, “Today seems to be my lucky day. I received a wonderful gift from the Breton children, they sent me a wonderful video full of blessings in French and Chinese, very beautiful, and at the same time I received many wonderful blessings from different countries, even when I am eighty years old Poet He writes me some very moving poems. And so the gate of the trade winds is almost open before me, the temperature is rising and it seems the Caribbean sunshine is already coming through.”
In Class 40, leader and defending Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe champion Yoann Richomme (Paprec-Arkema) doubles his lead over second place Corentin Douguet (Quéguiner Innoveo) to over 40 miles. Swiss rider Simon Koster (Banque de Lehmann) in fourth is racing less than two miles clear of Italy’s Ambrogio Beccaria (Alagrande Pirelli) who is in fifth.
When asked if he would be happy to finish in the 12th position he now occupies, American solo racer Alex Mehran (Polka Dot) laughs, “I would be happy to finish 55th, I never imagined I would be in the top half of this race. I am enjoying it and if There was a result there, anything better than 55th place I would be happy. I have a family and a job at home and I haven’t been able to sail much and so I didn’t have a lot of expectations, I really didn’t.”
Please note that the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe organization is in mourning, following the reporting yesterday of the tragic death of two people on board a spectator boat that capsized because the first boat was terminating the 12th Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe in Guadeloupe Bay at Pointe-a-Pitre.
• Pioneers who have retired: Sam Goodchild (Leyton – Ocean Fifty) after being injured during the pre-start, Kojiro Shiraishi (DMG Mori Global One – IMOCA) after crashing off Cape Fréhel, Oren Nataf (Rayon Vert – Rhum Multi) with a torn mainsail, Antoine Magry (E.Leclerc Ville-La-Grand – Class40) after hitting rocks off Batz Island, Damien Seguin (Groupe Apicil – IMOCA), Victor Juste (Caisses Reunionnaises Complementaires – Class 40), Martin Louchart (Randstad-Ausy – Class40) , Geoffrey Matacyznski (Fortissimo – Class 40), Laurent Camprubi (Glaces Romane – Class40), Thibaut Vauchel-camus (Solidaires En Peloton – ARSEP – Ocean Fifty), Louis Burton (Bureau Vallee – IMOCA), Fabrice Amedeo (Nexans – Art & Windows – IMOCA) after a fire on board Imoca, Amelie Grassi (La Boulangere Bio – Class40), François Jambou, (A l’Aveugle – Trim Control – Class40) after being dismantled, Aurelien Ducroz (Crosscall – Class40), Jean-Pierre Balmes (FullSave – Class40) Due to p roblems with ballast tanks and sail hooks, Brieuc Maisonneuve (CMA Ide-de-france 60,000 Rebonds – Rhum Multi), Ivica Kostelic (ACI – Class40) due to technical problems, including loss of wind gear, Sacha Donnar (Pato Cit’hotel – Region Guadeloupe – Class40), Erwan Thiboumery (Interaction – Rhum Multi)
Details – Skippers – Tracking
In the 44-year history of the Route du Rhum, never have so many solo skippers planned to start on November 6 (now delayed) as in 2022. In this 12th edition, 138 solo riders competed in the classic that leaves Saint- Malo, France, and heads across the Atlantic to Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe.
Six divisions will compete, starting with the eight entries in the Ultims and eight in the Ocean Fifty division. There will be thirty-seven IMOCAs, 55 Class40s plus 16 in the Rhum Multi (64ft and under) class and 14 in the Rhum Mono (39+ft) fleet.
Of the competitors, 5% (7) are women across IMOCA, Class40 and Rhum Mono. Fourteen nationalities will be represented, including Japanese and Chinese skippers. In total, 20% of the participants are from outside France. Half of the French skippers are either residents or citizens of Brittany where the race begins, while there are also 6% of Guadeloupe among the competitors.
Source: OC Sport Pen Duick