Lionel Lemonchois takes his second victory in the Multi 50 class
When he brought the giant 31.5-meter trimaran Groupama 3 across the finish line off Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, on November 17 under perfect sunshine and light breezes Frenchman Franck Cammas clinched the 9th edition of the Route du Rhum – La Banque Postale, the legendary 3,542-mile transatlantic race from Saint Malo for solo skippers which takes place every four years. Cammas completes an outstanding year with the giant multihull which he now steps off of for his next challenge, racing fully-crewed round the world in 70-foot monohulls.
In March this year he already set the fully-crewed round the world Jules Verne Trophy record with the boat, sailing with a crew of 10 to smash the record by 2 days 08 hours 35 minutes. The winning skipper acknowledged that the start in Saint Malo and the very slow, upwind finish tacking more than 15 times over the last 24 hours, skirting voracious rain clouds which sucked away the breeze and trying to find the best angles in through the chain of Caribbean islands, were the most stressful for him mentally.