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Route du Rhum: Spanish skipper Pella enters record books

Route du Rhum: Spanish skipper Pella enters record books
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The podium for the Route du Rhum Class40 category was completed on Wednesday with Spain’s Alex Pella celebrating first place.

He enters the record books not only because he becomes his nation’s first winner of the race in any category but because he also crossed the line in record time in 16 days 17 hours, 47 minutes and eight seconds.

He beat the 2010 mark held by Thomas Ruyant by just over a day.

Rookie Thibault Vauchel-Camus took second place while Fellow Frenchman Kito de Pavant finished less than 5 miles behind in third.

On arrival Pella said: “First of all, I’m very happy to be here. Thanks a lot for coming to join me at this untimely hour… it has been a fantastic race.”

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