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Groupama takes victory in Salvador de Bahia

Cammas and Ravussin take fifth Transat Jacques Vabre

dimanche 18 novembre 2001Information Transat Jacques Vabre

At 1853hrs local time in Brazil, 2053 hrs GMT, Groupama, the Open 60ft trimaran skippered by 28 year old Frenchman Franck Cammas, with Swiss co-skipper Steve Ravussin, crossed the line and thus took the final victory in the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre Transat Jacques Vabre #TJV2015 2001, from Le Havre, France, to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Groupama covered 5,188.6 miles in 14 days, 9 hours, 3 minutes and 25 seconds at an average speed of 15.03 knots.

This is the second time the French/Swiss duo have raced in the Transat Jacques Vabre Transat Jacques Vabre #TJV2015 , taking second place behind Loick Peyron & Franck Proffit on Fujicolor in 1999. With 17 podiums out of 19 races disputed since 1998, Franck Cammas and Groupama have taken the highest place for this classic double-handed transatlantic race, which for the first time has taken the multihull fleet over the Equator into the Southern Hemisphere.

One remembers that it was none other than the green and white hulled Groupama to round the top buoy just after the start in the Bay of Le Havre, an impressive beginning, which has now ended gloriously.

Second placed Foncia, skippered by Alain Gautier and Ellen MacArthur were at that moment 33 miles behind and sailing at 20 knots, their arrival is expected for around 1130hrs GMT.

- Start : 4 November 2001 at 1250hrs French time
- Groupama’s Finish : 18 November 2001 at 1853hrs 25s local time in Brazil, 2053hrs 25s GMT
- Groupama’s Official Distance : 5188.6 miles
- Time of reference : 14 days, 9 hours, 3 minutes, 25 seconds
- Average speed : 15.03 knots

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