Franck Cammas celebrated his first solo transatlantic victory on Tuesday after winning the Route du Rhum.
He covered the three and a half thousand miles from Saint Malo in France to Pointe a Pitre in Guadalupe in 9 days 3 hours 14 minutes 47 seconds.
After a series of tack changes the 38-year-old skipper took the win thanks mainly to his southerly route.
“It was a brave move but sometimes they pay off. I had many concerns at the start but it worked out. I chartered a course that suited the boat and in strong windy conditions it was a lot more pleasant than before because I was a lot calmer this time.
His achievement was even more impressive for the fact he used a 31.5 metre trimaran usually sailed by a crew of ten.
In fact it is the biggest boat to have ever competed in the race.
With just under a year to go before the Vovlo Ocean Race the win is a massive boost for Cammas and Groupama who for now can take satisfaction in their latest triumph.