The French sailor François Gabart expected Sunday in Pointe-à-Pitre

For its 40 years, the Route du Rhum has a particularly proven edition due to the succession of three depressions that damaged the fleet of 123 boats left on Sunday Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine).

At the head of the Route du Rhum, the navigator François Gabart (Macif) is expected at the finish line in Pointe-à-Pitre on Sunday afternoon, in France, according to the latest estimates of his team.

Gabart could win the eleventh edition of the transatlantic competition alone between 16:00 and 18:00 local time, between 21:00 and 23:00, Paris time.

Followed by Francis Joyon

The holder of the record of the world tour (from 42 to 16 hours) was at 810 nautical miles (1500 km) from the finish line, followed by Francis Joyon (Idec Sport), 123 nautical miles from Gabart (227 km) and shot. both at around 30 knots (55 km / h), according to the latest scores.

The race should be played in a time similar to the record time set in the last edition, in 2014, won in 7 days and 15 hours by Loïck Peyron (Banque Populaire 7).

Beware around the island

Gabart, on board his maxi-trimaran of the elite class of Ultim (32 m long and 23 m maximum width), must pay attention to the island that will have to go around to reach Pointe-à-Pitre, the passage of the buoy of Basse-Terre can take several hours depending on the winds.

"I feel good Francois (Gabart) He has the anger to win, it feels, and he has not committed himself to the Route du Rhum to let go now, it's a certainty"he warned one of his team members, Guillaume Combescure.

A particularly proven edition

For its 40 years, the Route du Rhum has a particularly proven edition due to the succession of three depressions that damaged the fleet of 123 boats left on Sunday Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine).

Among the favorites, Sébastien Josse (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild) and Armel Le Cléac & # 39; h (Maxi Banque Populaire IX), at the helm of flying boats of the last generation, had to surrender. Another contender for the win, Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim) is waiting in the port of A Coruña (Spain) and hopes to leave after having repaired a major damage to the connecting arm.

The Cross (with AFP)

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