French sailor François Gabart expected Sunday in Pointe-à-Pitre

For its 40 years, the Route du Rhum has a particularly proven edition because of the succession of three depressions that have damaged the fleet of 123 boats left Sunday Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine).

At the head of the Route du Rhum, the navigator François Gabart (Macif) is expected at the finish line in Pointe-à-Pitre Sunday late afternoon, evening in France, according to the latest estimates of his team .

Gabart could win the 11th edition of the transatlantic race alone between 16:00 and 18:00 local time, between 21:00 and 23:00 Paris time.

Followed by Francis Joyon

The record holder of the solo round the world race (42 to 16 hours) was 810 nautical miles (1500 km) from the finish, followed by Francis Joyon (Idec Sport), 123 nautical miles from Gabart (227 km) and spun. both at around 30 knots (55 km / h), according to the latest scores.

The race should be played in a time similar to the record time set at the last edition, in 2014, won in 7 days and 15 hours by Loïck Peyron (Banque Populaire 7).

Caution around the island

Gabart, aboard his maxi-trimaran of the elitist class of Ultim (32 m long and 23 m wide maximum), must be careful around the island that he will have to go around to reach Pointe-à-Pitre , the passage of the buoy of Basse-Terre may take several hours depending on the winds.

"I feel good Francois (Gabart). He has the rage to win, it feels, and he did not engage in the Route du Rhum to let go now, it's a certainty "warned one of his team members, Guillaume Combescure.

A particularly proven edition

For its 40 years, the Route du Rhum has a particularly proven edition because of the succession of three depressions that have damaged the fleet of 123 boats left Sunday Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine).

Among the favorites, Sébastien Josse (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Maxi Banque Populaire IX), at the helm of flying boats of the last generation, had to give up. Another contender for victory, Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim) is waiting at the port of A Coruña (Spain) and hopes to leave after repairing a major damage to the liaison arm.

The Cross (with AFP)

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