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Route du Rhum: It's not the size that counts


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Route du Rhum: It's not the size that counts

Loick Peyron completed the 10th edition of the Route du Rhum from St Malo to Pointe-a-Pitre in a record seven days, fifteen hours and eight minutes.

The French skipper made the 3 500 nautical mile crossing on his Banque People VII which measures 32 metres in length, 23 metres wide with a mast of 34 meters in height.

It’s a boat that usually has a 14-member crew on board.

It’s the same boat that Franck Cammas sailed to victory in the last edition in 2010.

This edition’s champion in the multihull group said: “It’s not a proven fact that the bigger boats should always win, but we thought that might happen judging by the start.

‘‘Yann Guichard produced a stunning race on his 40-metre Spindrift. He took control of a boat that is not at all suited for one person alone.

‘‘This time a 30-metre boats ruled – although this could change in four years time. It’s a wide boat, relatively light and maneouverable for a little guy, not that strong and on his own.”

Guichard, this edition’s runner-up said: “We were in a squall, there was 15-20 knots of wind, it got up to a little over 30, and all of a sudden, in two seconds , the wind just dropped to 0 knots.

‘‘I had 1000 square meters of sail at that time and it all came down on me.

‘‘This was in two metre-high waves, so the boat was all over the place.

‘‘I had to roll up the sails right there, it lasted one and a half hours and it was one of the most stressful moments of my race.”

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