First arrivals for Route du Rhum:
(November 9, 2018; Day 6) – As the Guadeloupean capital Pointe-a-Pitre prepares a big weekend welcome for the first finishers of the 3,542nm Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race from Saint Malo, perennial leaders François Gabart and Francis Joyon on their giant ULTIME multihulls are making, rapid progress downwind towards the line. ??
In an easterly breeze of 15 knots, MACIF and IDEC Sport are zig-zagging towards the finish at between 20 and 30 knots in perfect trade wind conditions. Gabart has under 800 nautical miles to sail to the Tête Anglais, the point offshore where a potentially troublesome final rounding of the most of the island starts.
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – First arrivals for Route du Rhum, Editor