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11/13 - 20h03

Erwan Le Roux on FenetreA-Cardinal wins the Multi50 Class into Guadeloupe

When he crossed the finish line at 18:13:55 TU/19:13:55 CET/14:13:55hrs local this Thursday 13th November Erwan Le Roux (FenetreA-Cardinal) won the Multi50 class of the 10th edition of La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. The solo skipper completed the 3542 miles theoretrical course in 11d 5h 13m 55s at an average speed of 13.16kts. In terms of actual miles on the water, Le Roux sailed  4071miles for an average speed of 15.12kts.  Le Roux sets a new course record, beating  the 2006 course record of his former co-skipper Franck-Yves Escoffier by 12 hours and 15 mins .

Erwan Le Roux enjoyed a great duel with his nearest adversary Lalou Roucayrol who finished runner-up in the last edition in 2010. Although they were close for most of the first half of the race, Erwan Le Roux finished with an advance of over 100 miles.
He completes a rare Transatlantic double, adding solo success in this La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe to double-handed victory one year ago when he triumphed in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Yann Elies into Itajai, Brazil. On his way to this keynote victory Erwan Le Roux has shown a solid mastery of all the vital variables required to win, meteorology, strategy, sleep, manouvres, strength and stress management.

After finishing 6th in the 2010 edition of this race, this is Le Roux's biggest solo success.

Jubilant on the dock in Pointe a Pitre he said:
"The Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe is always a race right up to the finish line. It was great coming along the coastline but you never really know what can happen right up until the finish, that is part of the legend of the Route du Rhum. Lalou has raced hard and was behind but it is always complicated around the island. He is a good sailor and we had a great race together so thanks to him. I had a little problem with the autopilot which in the end did not affect my win. I have had to push so hard to beat Lalou, every mile, every hour, every ranking,  I always was fighting to make distance. I know my opponents and how hard they push. It was a really good race. I knew this boat was the best to win La Route du Rhum. It is a boat which I helped to build with Franck-Yves Escoffier in 2009 and 20011.  FenetreA-Cardinal bought me this boat because we had a common history. This victory is mine. This was not two handed, this was me, solo and no one can take it away from me."

Le Roux is as talented as he is pugnacious and determined. He started from Saint-Malo determined to add to last year's success. The Breton skipper from Auray has now won most of the major events since he purchased the boat in 2011. Built in 2009 as Crepes Whaou 3 to the VPLP design, Le Roux actually won the 2009 Transat Jacques Vabre on the boat when it was new, as co-skipper to owner-skipper Franck-Yves Escoffier.

Le Roux, 40, has grown in experience and stature in recent years. He served his time in the ORMA class at the shoulders of Marc Guillemot, Loïc Peyron, Thierry Dupré, Daniel Souben, and in the Multi 50 along with Franck-Yves Escoffier. He also had earlier success in monohulls previously, twice winning the Tour de France a la Voile, also racing successfully in Classe40 and the Mini 650.
He fought a tough, close game, head-to-head off the tip of Brittany with Yves Le Blevec (Actual) and Lalou Roucayrol (Arkema-Region Aquitaine). Loic Fequet (Maitre Jacques) was very quickly eliminated from the action after damaging a float on the first night.

The first part of Biscay was a classic chess board with Roucayrol hunting offshore out in the west. Yves Le Blevec lead early on, on Actual. He fell away after having to make a double pit-stop to repair his wind instruments.

The early profit, being closer to the rhumb line was to Roucayrol. Le Roux went inside the TSS at Finisterre and after duelling since Finisterre with Roucayrol, he took the lead on the night of 6th November and has never been challenges. Lalou Roucayrol's newer 2013 launch Neyhousser/Verdier/Muyl design is faster downwind and the battle between the two went on for nearly 2000 miles until Erwan Le Roux eases progressively further ahead, opening up to 100 miles in the final 48 hours to record a well earned victory into Guadeloupe.

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