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Gautier & MacArthur finishe second 3hrs after Groupama

lundi 19 novembre 2001Information Transat Jacques Vabre

Three hours and 32 minutes after Groupama took victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre Transat Jacques Vabre #TJV2015 , Kingfisher-Foncia, skippered by Alain Gautier and Ellen MacArthur, crossed the line at 2225hrs 10s local time (1225hrs 10s GMT) under a "magical starry night", in Gautier’s own words. They have spent 14 days, 12 hours, 35 minutes and 10 seconds racing.

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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