TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE
Gautier & MacArthur finishe second 3hrs after Groupama
lundi 19 novembre 2001 –
Alain Gautier & Ellen MacArthur had held the lead on Kingfisher-Foncia for several days until a broken bowsprit, hydraulic problems and blown out gennaker slowed them up sufficiently for Groupama to steal victory in the final 24 hours of the race.
Kingfisher-Foncia’s average speed on the official course of 5188.6m was 14.88 knots, but as they sailed a total of 6,096 miles their average speed was 17.48 knots.
Ellen said happily 10 minutes after crossing the line : "I’m relieved that we’re here, that we’ve arrived after last night’s problems, it’s great to see so many people, for sure we’re both a bit disappointed to finish 2nd when we’d been leading for a big part of the race. The sailing was fantastic, Alain was fantastic, the race was fantastic !"
Kingfisher-Foncia’s time of reference : 14 days 12 hrs 35 minutes & 10 seconds
Average speed over the 5 188.6m official course : 14.88 knots
Actual distance covered : 6096m
Average speed over real distance : 17.49 knots
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