(November 18, 2022; Day 10) – Legendary French captain Francis Guyon sailed to fourth place in the Ultim 32/23 class when he crossed the finish line of the 12th edition of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe this morning at 02:56:40 hours UTC (22:56 hours local time yesterday).
The impressive 66-year-old sailor, who won the 2018 edition of the Single Race across the Atlantic (held every four years), took 8 days, 13 hours, 41 minutes and 40 seconds to cover the 3,542-mile course, averaging 17.22 knots in the race. Great Circle Theory (Direct Way). He has already sailed 4,588 miles at an average speed of 22.31 knots. One day he finished 17 hours 54 minutes 15 seconds after the winner Charles Caudriller (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild).
Racing his 105-foot IDEC Sport, which was launched in 2006 as Groupama 3 and became Banque Populaire VII, Joyon completed the fourth Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe for a respectable giant boat that won this race three times in a row in 2010 with Franck Cammas , in 2014 with Loick Peyron, who took Joyon to a stunning victory four years ago. The boat also won the Trophée Jules Verne in 2010 and 2012, and again with Joyon and a crew of five in 2017.
At the start in Saint-Malo, Guyon estimated he had a “10% chance of winning”, which effectively required some sort of attrition that didn’t happen. The tricky French captain was only defeated by three faster and more modern seas which all had watercraft. He also kept behind him this morning Yves Le Belvec who is racing the former Macif 100.
In fact, his delta behind winner Caudrelier 1 Day 17 Hours is a direct reflection of the frustration technique and determination of the Ultim moving in full swing.
Joyon had a good race with Le Blevec on the former Macif and at the start of the trade winds, Acutal Ultim 3 was leading, but he managed to pass and left the younger leader in fifth. This is Joyon’s eighth route at Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, and he says his history with racing is far from over.
“We go through so many adventures to get to the finish line, doing incredible things that we wouldn’t have done in normal life,” Guyon said. “And we go out here to meet the people we met in previous editions. That’s the magic of this race.
“It was a difficult voyage across the Atlantic, not because of bad weather but because there was a lot more maneuvering than usual and the Idec Sport is a very difficult boat to maneuver. For me it was almost easier to leave on Sunday (before the postponement), and go to west of Ireland to return to the south afterwards, rather than do all these tasks.
“I’m very tired, but that’s the result of me being in a close race with Yves, we got ahead and couldn’t stop. These two boats have already raced a lot since The Bridge, and these two are Route du Rhums. In the end, I thought his boat had a memory and wanted revenge I kept it tight to the end so this boat couldn’t do what I did four years ago.”
“Charles (Caudrelier winner) had a very good race, the top three runners sailed very well. I had a little preference for François (Gabart) who had a lot of guts over many difficulties. He lost a sponsor, found another, and managed to complete Half finished boat building.Then there were the difficulties for his competitors.I thought François would have made a very nice winner.
“I’ve seen that in perfect wind conditions, in 20 knots wind, the new boats go 10 knots faster than our conventional boats. And the weather system gave an advantage to boats that were sailing on a flat sea. We couldn’t do much beyond that. We passed the fronts hard.” Larger than the first boats, which had more water.
“I had doubts about my ability to steer this boat at first; I have none at the end. I’ve done things I no longer thought I could do, like climb the mast a third of the way up to untangle the halyards in huge swells as it hit hard on you. Go beyond yourself for a tour on these boats.
“Will I be here in 4 years? In 4 years, in 8 years, in 12 years? This may not be my last shot of rum. I love sailing alone. I learned a lot of things on this Rhum route even though we both sailed on the The boat for five years. For example, I only have half of my winches working, so I’ve learned to do without them!”
At 0504 UTC today, Yves Le Blévec was fifth at Pointe à Pitre. His racing time was 8 days, 15 hours, 49 minutes and 1 second. He finished 1 day 20 hours 1 minute 36 seconds behind winner Charles Caudriller (Maxi-Edmond de Rothschild).
The duel he had against Francis Guyon added a touch of spice to the race. When the Actual Ultim 3 outpaced the Idec Sport in the trade winds, it looked like the hardest part was over. But three days before the finish, the loss of his big steer meant his boat’s performance was limited. He was disappointed with his position in the classification, but happy to have completed the race.
• 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 disassembly, Aurelien Ducroz (Crosscall – Class40), Jean-Pierre Balmes (FullSave – Class40) due p roblems with ballast tanks and sail hook , Brieuc Maisonneuve (CMA Ide-de-france 60000 Rebonds – Rhum Multi), Ivica Kostelic (ACI – Class40) due to technical problems, including loss of wind gear, Sacha Donard (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 there been so many solo skippers planning to start November 6 (postponed to November 9) as in 2022. In this 12th edition, 138 single riders will compete in the classic race that It leaves Saint-Malo, France and heads across the Atlantic Ocean 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