Alan Roura on Hublot takes 21st place in the IMOCA class
At 15:02:13 UTC, Alan Roura on Hublot took 21st place in the IMOCA class on the twelfth edition of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe. His race time was 14 days, 1 hour 47 minutes and 13 seconds.
The skipper of Hublot sailed the 3542 theoretical miles between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre at a speed of 10.49 knots on the Great Circle Route. Out on the water, he sailed 4182.64 miles averaging 12.38 knots. He finished in Pointe-à-Pitre 2 days 8 hours 10 minutes and 48 seconds after the IMOCA winner, Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut)
Swiss skipper Roura who at 24 was the youngest ever skipper to finish the Vendée Globe, taking 12th place in 2016, was disappointed with describing his 15th transatlantic crossing as his hardest ever. “I think this is one of the hardest races. It’s not simple at all in terms of strategy. The conditions were always hard with some heavy seas. I learnt a lot about the boat, but this is a huge disappointment. It’s tough. It feels like I haven’t done it yet, so I’ll have to come back. I spent hours changing sails, trying to figure it out. It’s really hard. You know you have a fantastic boat and everyone is expecting you to do well. We had spent the year preparing for upwind sailing, but done hardly anything downwind. The trade winds were not stable and the seas very heavy. I hadn’t really seen what the boat could do downwind. I’m a bit frustrated. I didn’t come here to do this. I didn’t dare take certain decisions, which worked out. I took it too seriously. The boat is in good condition. There weren’t any major technical problems. This was my first transatlantic crossing aboard her. A big disappointment, as at the start I felt I was ready."
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