Collision to thwart Thomson victory:
(November 16, 2018; Day 13) – The British yachtsman Alex Thomson stood on board his damaged yacht, Hugo Boss, moored to the quayside in Guadeloupe this morning and told the assembled media that he did not deserve to win the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe.
Thomson had been leading the 3,542-nautical mile solo transatlantic race almost from the start on November 4 off Saint Malo and was approaching the Guadeloupe archipelago when he over-slept, allowing his boat to hit the rocks on the northernmost tip of Grande Terre island.
In order to save his boat from being wrecked the 44-year-old sailor from Gosport in England, had to start his engine to get back into deeper water. A…
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Thomson penalized in Route du Rhum:
(November 16, 2018; Day 13) – The British sailor Alex Thomson has today crossed the finish line of the four-yearly solo Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe transatlantic sailing race, as the first in the IMOCA Class.
Thomson crossed the finish line at Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe at 12:10:58 (UTC) after 11 days, 23 hours 10 minutes and 58 seconds at sea.
However, following an incident earlier this morning in which Thomson ran aground in his all-black Hugo Boss boat on the north end of Grande Terre, the jury has made the decision to give Thomson a 24-hour penalty for using his engine.
Paul Meilhat on SMA could now be the new winner of the race. As of 06:44 (UTC), he has 10…
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