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11/10 - 19h46

An Extraordinary Effort

Yann Guichard finished second in La Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe this afternoon in Pointe a Pitre

When he crossed the finish line off Pointe-a-Pitre Guadeloupe at 18:18:46hrs  UTC/19 :18 :46 CET/14 :18 :46hrs local  this Monday 10th November, Yann Guichard, solo skipper of the world's biggest racing trimaran Spindrift 2, finished in second place in the 10th edition of La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. He took 8d 5h 18mn 46sec‏ à 17.95kts to complete the theoretical course distance of 3542 miles at an average speed of 17.95 kts, Guichard finished 0d-14h-10m-14s‏ behind the race winner Loick Peyron. In reality the French skipper of Spindrift 2 sailed4334 miles at an average of 21.96kts‏

Yann Guichard - first words:

“There were some really tough moments on the race, but I managed to hold on right to the end. I knew I could race on the boat, believed that I could do it. On the second day I had some technical problems and one of the autopilots stopped functioning. This caused enormous stress.

 

Where I most lost ground on Loick (Peyron) was with the maneouvers. They just took so long and had to be planned very carfully. I had a couple of scary moment,s the first few days of bad weather and then off Portugal too. The maneouvers were so so tough.

 

It is not easy to manage racing the boat and I do not think I could do this alone again. I have never pushed myself like this. It took me 4 hours to to get the gennaker up and spent over 2.5 hours on the bow trying it properly. I had tears in my eyes. The sheer physical effort was unbelievable.

 

We do need machines like this to be on the podium, but it was so tough. Richard Silvani and Erwan Israel were there and supported me throughout guiding me through the best route and their help was immense.

 

Now I am going to rest and analyse the performance because we do not have long, we are under pressure because next year we are off again. I am proud and believed I could do it; I was probably one of the only ones in the team to think so. Now is time to have a rest; I do not think I have slept for more than 2 hours over past week and am just shattered. It is time to enjoy the welcome and then have some rest.”

“I am really exhausted. It was the biggest challenge of my life. I am so happy now to be in Guadeloupe. They were eight very hard days. I had a lot of manoeuvres. The speeds were incredible. It was difficult to sleep. 

My boat is too big for one singlehanded man. It is too heavy at 21 tonnes. I have seen the good sizes and it is around 30metres not 40 metres. My boat is in perfect shape though, it is ready to go back to Brittany. It is fine. 

I don't know if I would do it again in the same boat. I have to think about it. I need to rest. I am happy with my performance. I want to enjoy the moment. 

Just after the first day it was really difficult because we had had a lot of tacks. You cannot tack with these boats every hour. When we went down the Bay of Biscay and the coast of Portugal we had 30kts gusting 45 and I pushed the boat trying to catch Loick. I had the boat flying twice and it was really crazy. I pushed the boat too hard.  I tried to get back to Loick but he was too strong in this race.”

Yann Guichard - first words:
“There were some really tough moments on the race, but I managed to hold on right to the end. I knew I could race on the boat, believed that I could do it. On the second day I had some technical problems and one of the autopilots stopped functioning. This caused enormous stress.
 
Where I most lost ground on Loick (Peyron) was with the maneouvers. They just took so long and had to be planned very carfully. I had a couple of scary moment,s the first few days of bad weather and then off Portugal too. The maneouvers were so so tough.
 
It is not easy to manage racing the boat and I do not think I could do this alone again. I have never pushed myself like this. It took me 4 hours to to get the gennaker up and spent over 2.5 hours on the bow trying it properly. I had tears in my eyes. The sheer physical effort was unbelievable.
 
We do need machines like this to be on the podium, but it was so tough. Richard Silvani and Erwan Israel were there and supported me throughout guiding me through the best route and their help was immense.
 
Now I am going to rest and analyse the performance because we do not have long, we are under pressure because next year we are off again. I am proud and believed I could do it; I was probably one of the only ones in the team to think so. Now is time to have a rest; I do not think I have slept for more than 2 hours over past week and am just shattered. It is time to enjoy the welcome and then have some rest.”
“I am really exhausted. It was the biggest challenge of my life. I am so happy now to be in Guadeloupe. They were eight very hard days. I had a lot of manoeuvres. The speeds were incredible. It was difficult to sleep. 
My boat is too big for one singlehanded man. It is too heavy at 21 tonnes. I have seen the good sizes and it is around 30metres not 40 metres. My boat is in perfect shape though, it is ready to go back to Brittany. It is fine. 
I don't know if I would do it again in the same boat. I have to think about it. I need to rest. I am happy with my performance. I want to enjoy the moment. 
Just after the first day it was really difficult because we had had a lot of tacks. You cannot tack with these boats every hour. When we went down the Bay of Biscay and the coast of Portugal we had 30kts gusting 45 and I pushed the boat trying to catch Loick. I had the boat flying twice and it was really crazy. I pushed the boat too hard.  I tried to get back to Loick but he was too strong in this race.”
 

 

 

  

 

 

 

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