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11/15 - 09h11

Gilles Lamire completes the Multi50 Podium

Very late Friday night at 23:44:37hrs UTC, after a close final skirmish with Yves Le Blevec, Gilles Lamire took third place in the Multi50 Class, rounding out the podium. The skipper of Rennes-Saint Malo Agglomeration took 12d 10h 44m 37s to complete the course of 3542 miles at an average speed of 11.86kts.  He actually sailed 4460 miles averaging 14.93kts. And so his delta to the class winner Erwan Le Roux is is 1 day 5 hours 30 minutes and 42 seconds.
Lamire's routing was by Karen Fauconnier and he sailed an accomplished, smart race, managing his damage on board while pressing hard in the wake of the two leaders.
It was his third participation in the race (11th in 2006 and sixth Ultime in 2010) Lamire sailed the boat which Lionel Lemonchois won this class with in 2010.
There were many small tehnical problems which compromised Lamire's race but he sailed a strong strategy. In the big winds and seas of the first two or three days Rennes-Saint Malo Agglomeratoon was very much in the match. Recall, also that six competitors in this class had to retire.
A relative newcomer to the class Lamire was third in the last Transat Jacques Vabre.
"I am happy because for the most part I was in contact with the two leaders. And then in the end Yves put me under a lot of pressure. For three days I have had to sail with one reef in the mainsail. I nearly capsized at one point and the bottom of the mainsail is torn. We knew the finish would be tight. I lost a bit but with Karine Fauconnier doing my routing we did a great job"
"This is my third place. Four years ago I arrived completely spent, burnt out. This time I managed my sleep and my pace. It was inconceivable to me that I would lose third place, I worried about it but it was just not going to happen. My gennaker was tearing itself apart. It was time to be here."

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