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11/16 - 08h56

Armel Tripon finishes fourth IMOCA, Sir Robin lies third

In the humid heat of the tropics, in the middle of the Saint Malo Night, Armel Tripon (For Humble Heroes) crossed the finishing line of La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe in fourth position. His is a good result for a first IMOCA 60 race and hs first Route du Rhum, one which will still give inspiration to the 49 sailors in the fourt different classes which are still racing. Tripon crossed the finish line of the 10th Route du Rhum line - Destination Guadeloupe13 days 14 hours 4 minutes and 4 seconds to complete the course of 3542 miles at an average speed of 10.86 knots. He actually traveled 4123 miles at an average 12.65 knots. His delta to  first placed François Gabart is 1 day 9 hours 25 minutes and 9 seconds.
Armel who was attending his first Route du Rhum IMOCA on the former Groupe Bel has managed his race well. He finished fourth behind the experienced, established trio (Gabart / Beyou / Guillemot). He arrived at Pointe-à-Pitre happy joined quickly by his supporters and a very large audience on the Victory Square, ready to enjoy Saturday Night.

Armel Tripon,  after nearly 14 days of racing said : "I was not ready for it"

"The first goal was to get here, to finishI'm very happy to be here with my boat on my first Route du Rhum. It was intense all the time, physically and mentally. I had my share of problems that hampered me at times, but none hurt my race. I wanted to end up being the closest to the first three boats,  I finished off the podium but  I am very satisfied. I practised for months but nothing has the same intensity. 12 days non stop is physically very hard, I was not ready for it. I am done ine, but it was hard mentally. I found sleep hard, I was worn out. But that's it, I'm qualified for the Vendée Globe, I'm happy! "
Meanwhile in the Class 40 Alex Pella's lead holds fairly steady at 76 miles ahead of Thibault Vauchel-Camus (Solidaires en Peloton) and Kito de Pavant (Otio-Bastide Medical).
Sir Robin Knox Johnston is back up to third, with a lead of around 30 miles on 2010 Class winner Andrea Mura (Vento de Sardegna). 

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