François Guiffant (Kattan), 31st in IMOCA
François Guiffant crossed the finish line of the twelfth edition of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe on Saturday 26 November at 04 hours 21 minutes and 40 seconds local time (09h21 40' metropolitan time). The skipper of Kattan finished 31st in the IMOCA class with a race time of 16 days, 19 hours, 06 minutes and 40 seconds.
The man known as Fanch sailed the 3,542 miles between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre at a speed of 8.79 knots on the great circle route. The skipper of Kattan actually covered 4,276.30 miles at an average speed of 10.61 knots. He arrived in Pointe-à-Pitre 05 days 01h 30 minutes and 15 seconds after the IMOCA Class winner, Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut).
"I'm happy to arrive. It was a long way around Guadeloupe at the end. And then I saw nothing. I'm happy to be here. It was a nice Rhum despite the fact that my J2 stay broke at the start of the race, after three or four days. I put a system back in to hold it, but upwind the boat couldn't sail. I did 3 reefs/J3 for three days, which was a bit of a struggle. But downwind, I could sail. It was cool. This race was full of surprises. It was a big trip but also a dream for me for a long time. I'm not disappointed. There were big ups and downs during the race, but in the end it's positive. I remember a lot of things. I had a great time. I was disappointed not to be in the match upwind but I had to start the race at a different level. It was great and it makes you want to come back, and above all to continue. Now I'm going to rest before bringing the boat back with the guys from the team."
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