THE POINT – Since the first miles, the Route du Rhum 2018 is lively. Sébastien Josse and Thomas Coville, two of the favorites, suffered major damage to their maxi trimarans. At the final score, François Gabart (Macif) holds the lead at the top of the race. The next 24 hours will be hectic.
– Yohan ROBLIN
They were promised hell on the night of Monday 5th to Tuesday 6th November, the skippers of the Route du Rhum faced it much earlier. The first day of this 11th edition of the transatlantic race was not easy for the fleet of 123 boats. Many of them were forced to divert to make repairs on their boats. Winner of the Vendée Globe 2013 and record holder around the world alone (42 days 16 hours and 40 minutes), François Gabart Macif took control of the race after the morning damage Sebastien Josse.
Every day at 18h, until the arrival in Guadeloupe Sunday, LCI takes stock of the race.
It's already over for Sébastien Josse (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild), one of the favorites for the final victory. While he was leading the fleet ahead of Gabart (Macif), the skipper on his maxi trimaran Gitana 17 suffered major damage at dawn. At around 5.30 am, he informed his crew that a piece of the bow of his starboard float, the right side of the boat, had been torn off. Safe and secure, Josse was forced to put the flashing light on the port of La Coruña. By mid-day, Team Gitana had sent a team on the spot and was looking to "quickly shelter" the skipper, before the arrival of a storm expected next night.
Sébastien Josse, then Thomas Coville, and now Jérémie Beyou: the bad weather causes a series of damage on the Route du Rhum. While the start was given only 24 hours ago, the transatlantic race is experiencing an eventful start. Leaving Saint-Malo Sunday early in the afternoon, the fleet of 123 boats has already suffered. A boat ran aground Sunday evening, that of Willy Bissainte (C 'Guadeloupe). Others have diverted to Brest to repair like Jean Galfione (Serenis Consulting) or to Roscoff, like Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée). And the worst is yet to come with a violent storm announced this Tuesday in the Bay of Biscay. Winds of 40 knots and large troughs are expected.
According to the latest scores given this Monday, November 5 at 18h, François Gabart (Macif) is leading the fleet led by the Ultim Armel Le Cléac'h (Maxi Banque Populaire IX) and Francis Joyon (Idec Sport). In the Imoca, monohulls of 18m and stars of the legendary world tour alone, the Vendée Globe, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) is in the lead, with in his wake, Vincent Riou (PRB) and Paul Meilhat (SMA). In Multi50 (15m multihulls), Lalou Roucayrol (Arkema) was in first position while in Class40 (12m monohull), it is Yoan Richomme (Veedol – AIC) who holds the helm.
1 – François Gabart (FRA / Macif) at 2923.3 miles from the finish
2 – Armel Le Cléac'h (FRA / Banque Populaire IX) 25 miles from the leader
3 – Francis Joyon (FRA / Idec Sport) 32.5 miles from the leader
1 – Lalou Roucayrol (FRA / Arkema) at 3156.6 miles from the finish
2 – Thierry Bouchard (FRA / Ciela Village) 44.7 miles from the leader
3 – Armel Tripon (FRA / Reaute Chocolat) 52.1 miles from the leader
1 – Alex Thomson (GBR / Hugo Boss) at 3096.2 miles from the finish
2 – Vincent Riou (FRA / PRB)) 21.5 miles from the leader
3 – Paul Meilhat (FRA / SMA) 25.8 miles from the leader
1 – Yoann Richomme (FRA / Veedol-AIC) 3220.1 miles from the finish
2 – Louis Duc (FRA / Carac) at 3.8 miles from the leader
3 – Luke Berry (ENG / Lamotte – Module Creation) 9.2 miles from the leader
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