Justine Mettraux, the first woman, has arrived, suspense in Class40


The Swiss ranked 7e in the monohulls of the Vendée Globe while Yoann Richomme, leader in Class40 is expected next night.

While the podiums of the 12th edition of the Route du rhum in Ultims trimarans, Ocean Fifty trimarans and Imoca monohulls are now known, thehe arrivals continue to follow one another in Pointe-à-Pitre. And this Tuesday at 3:41 a.m. (Paris time) the first of the seven women entered finished (a misery out of 138 sailors at the start).

The Swiss Justine Mettraux (Teamwork.net) finished seventh in the Imoca monohull category behind Paul Meilhat (Biotherm), 6th, Maxime Sorel (V ans B – Montana- Mayenne), 5th and Kevin Escoffier (Holcim-PRB) , 4th. A fine performance for the sailor who will be ahead of Benjamin Dutreux (Guyot environnement) and another woman Isabelle Joschke (MACSF).

This Tuesday at 11 a.m., 19 sailors completed this 12e edition (7 in Ultims, 5 in Ocean Fifty, and 7 in Imoca), 93 skippers being still at sea six days after the arrival of the fastest, Charles Caudelier (maxi Edmond de Rothschild). Thus, if we do the accounts, this gives: 19 (arrivals) plus 93 (still at sea) equals 112. Minus 138 (at departure) equals 26 abandonments.

Yoann Richomme, next expected winner

The next expected winner should be none other than Yoann Richomme (Paprec Arkéa), double winner of the Solitaire du Figaro and class 40 title holder of this Route du rhum. An Atlantic crown that he should keep next night. This Tuesday at 10 a.m., he was 90 miles ahead of his friend Corentin Douguet (Queguiner –Innovéo). A small mattress in advance which seems sufficient, despite the inconstant tour of Guadeloupe.



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