(November 21, 2022; Day 13) – LinkedOut’s solo helmsman, Thomas Royant, was unofficially crowned ‘King of Trans’ when he won the IMOCA 38-boat class on the 12th Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe.
Hollow-eyed, wobbly-legged and weary this morning after setting an especially infernal, unbeatable pace over the past three days and nights of the 3,542-nautical-mile course from Saint-Malo to Pointe-a-Pitre, Royan has received universal praise from his rivals finishing. wake him up.
Royant set a new course record of 11h 17h 36m 25s, which is 11h 2m 30s faster than the previous speed record set by François Jabart in 2014. His transatlantic success in the year included The last two transatlantic Jacques Fabre won with Morgan Lagravière in a similar race. A course from Le Havre to Martinique, and his solo Route du Rhum win in Class40 in 2010.
But the 41-year-old captain from Dunkirk, a ‘Nordist’ very rare in the world of singletrack racing where most of the leading sailors are Bretons, also won a Mini Transat in 2009 and two Figaro Transatlantics.
A late junior to sea and ocean racing with the strong build of a jockey and sailing with extraordinary intensity and focus, Royant admitted he had pushed himself to the limit, rising to a new level to overhaul leader Charlie Dalen early in November 18, leading to the pre-race favorite on Apivia, Sweep all three IMOCA singles titles for 2022.
Emerging atop IMOCA’s largest and most competitive fleet ever for the Rhum Road, Ruyan finished 2hrs 1min 46sec ahead of Dalin, 3hrs 24min 30sec ahead of 3rd place Jeremy Pugh (Charal 2), 5hrs 54mins 49 seconds ahead of Kevin Escoffier (Holcim-PRB).
“In the end, I crushed Charlie by my sheer willingness and commitment even if I knew he was putting on a lot too,” Royant said. “I didn’t make any mistakes on my track.
“I had a general strategy for the weather but there was also a lot of cloudy activity in these trade winds, with a lot of storms. You had to use it which I managed to do really well. That took inspiration and luck. You also need to succeed, but you have to You push hard to make it happen.
“That second part of the race was like a dream, it was magical. When I pass in front of Charlie, I feel like he’s putting on a big layer and all of a sudden, I’m putting on an even bigger layer. Honestly, I’m happy to finish it because it’s not a pace you can keep up at the Vendée Globe, it’s a real sprint.”
The wind speed and power of Verdier’s highly optimized design and partners proved just as decisive in the trade winds as they did in last year’s Transat Jacques Vabre, when he and Lagravière also proved their dominance over the last 1,300 miles. Dalin recovered to within five miles of Royant last night, but two lugs proved decisive and LinkedOut was gone.
“I was looking forward to a duel over the island,” Dalin shared. “I thought he might falter but it all worked out for him. This was the last race on this boat for me. I completed all the races. I was hoping he would be a little better than second place.”
Dalin who, despite winning all three individual races this season, has been runner-up at the Vendée Globe, Transat Jacques Vabre, and now the Route du Rhum.
“I find it difficult not to get first place,” he continued. “In the past I would have been more nervous but I raced this one as if it were a Figaro. I still love the sport. Sailing down the trade wind with the boat flying is great; I am lucky to have a job like this and a boat like this.”
On third down, Beau also spent it entirely when he climbed ashore to hug Royant and praise the intensity of his offense. While racing the new Sam Manuard designed Charal 2, Beyou acknowledged the pressure and extra time required to find the perfect settings and tweak his attack in extreme conditions, learning the limits of his power struggle without breaking it.
It is a great tribute to the Holcim-PRB teams of Charal and Escoffier that they have managed to raise their new boats to a high level so quickly, when rarely do new boats finish such a brutal race often.
“The trade winds have been very unstable,” Pew noted. You cannot eat, sleep or do anything on the boat. Thomas was very assertive, and very impulsive. I couldn’t find the pace and for thirty hours I wasn’t very good even though I was hard the whole time.
I didn’t know where I was with my boat before the start. I don’t think we could have pushed more than we did, yesterday especially. It was real competition. I wasn’t well for a day or two and Thomas was relentlessly hard on her. Without it we would be neck and neck.
“Thomas was just that notch above us. The boat is new and I’m not used to all the equipment. On the old boat, everything came so naturally. We were looking for speed and that meant a more aggressive boat. Eleven days of that is tough. It’s a new boat so try to Be rational, but sometimes I couldn’t resist. Think twice before pushing hard at 35 knots in a new boat.”
It also highlights the intensity and gruelingness of the race, Escoffier was delighted with the fourth place finish on his new boat, especially considering he hadn’t raced alone since his boat sank during the last Vendée Globe.
“It was tough, what a pace,” Escoffier said. “I am very happy, even though I am very competitive. Yesterday I was a bit disappointed. The boat was launched in May so putting things into perspective, I know more about the boat now. It is very well built.
“I haven’t sailed solo for a while and it was the last time in VG, so this allowed me to get back in the game. If that was my main goal, I would be disappointed. At IMOCA there are some great boats and hard working people. I felt tired and hallucinating. The boat Demanding and the competition is very tough. I’m happy to see that with a new boat and I haven’t raced solo for two years, I’m out there, so it’s all very positive.”
Switzerland’s Justine Mitro (Teamwork.net) is on track to finish the first non-French captain and first woman scheduled to perform tonight at 7 at around 01:00 UTC.
IMOCA boats to finish:
• Thomas Royant (LinkedOut) finished at 06:51:25 UTC on Monday after 11 days, 17 hours, 36 minutes and 25 seconds of racing
• Team APIVIA led by Charlie Dalin finished second at 08:53:11 UTC after 11d 19 hours 38 minutes, or 2 hours 1 minute 46 seconds behind the winner
• Charal, driven by Jeremy Biot, finished 3rd at 10:15:55 UTC, after 11 days, 21 hours and 55 seconds of racing or 3 hours and 24 minutes behind the winner
• Holcim – Team PRB, driven by Kevin Escoffier, finished fourth at 12:46:14 UTC after eleven days, 23 hours, 31 minutes and 14 seconds of racing and 5 hours, 54 minutes and 49 seconds behind the winner
• 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