Isabelle Joschke (MACSF) crossed the finish line of the twelfth edition of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe at 15:41:54 UTC on Tuesday. She finished ninth in the IMOCA class with a race time of 13 days, 2 hours, 26 minutes and 54 seconds.

The Franco-German skipper sailed the 3542 theoretical miles of the race course between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre at the speed of 11.26 knots on the Great Circle route. Out on the water, the skipper of MACSF actually sailed 3940.78 miles averaging 12.53 knots. She finished in Pointe-à-Pitre 1 day 8 hours 50 minutes and 29 seconds after the class winner, Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut).

"I fought hard from start to finish. I enjoyed myself. I didn’t think I would make it to the top 10 but with luck and hard work I managed it. So I’m really pleased. Before the start, I had been aiming for the top 15. So this is a success for me. 4 years ago, I had to come here by plane.

I didn’t ever think I was fighting it out with Justine. She took the same option and then Pip did the same. I thought it was a bit daring. I was afraid she’d catch me.

I’m pleased with all the preparation. Everything went well in this race. A few DIY jobs to do, but hardly anything. We needed to show our potential. There were many moments when I said I haven’t slept, but with the changing conditions, I just kept at it. I don’t know where I found that energy, but it was fantastic."