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11/21 - 09h13

Bitter Sweet Ninth for Amedeo

Thursday 20th at 22h36m32s UTC, Fabrice Amedeo on SNCF-Geodis crossed the finish line of La Route du Rhum-Destination Gaudeloupe in ninth place, just 17 minutes and 11 seconds behind eigth placed Damien Seguin.
Amedeo's elapsed time is 18d09h36m32s, averaging 8.02kts for the theoretical course. He sailed 4364 miles at an average of 9.88kts. His delta to Alex Pella, the Class 40 winner, is 1d15h49m24s.

The skipper of SNCF Geodis has known adversity in the final miles but came away with a good ninth place. He was wanting to push hard in the final miles before La Tete a L'Anglais when he Class 40 surged on a wave and the kite wrapped itself around the forestay. He had to stop at Basse Terre for four hours and in the end dropped to ninth just 17 minutes behind Damien Seguin.
"This Route du Rhum was super hard but really nice. I am very proud of what I have acheived. It was a bit the scenario I dreamt of, some of the favourites dropping away with damage. And lots of strong downwind conditions which suit my boat. I was all good, it was going just magic. I felt I could do well. I have a bit of regret because I could have finished better. I made a mistake. I wanted to attack but I should just have consolidated. There were 45 minutes which were so bad, but there was happiness through the pain. I must be a mascochist!"

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