Riou & Le Cam on PRB win Open 60 class in the Transat Jacques Vabre
photos © Jean Marie Liot / DPPI / Transat Jacques Vabre 2013
Breaking the finish line on an overcast, humid morning in Southern Brasil, French duo Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam won the IMOCA Open 60 class at 10h 41min 47 sec local time (12h 41m 47s UTC/GMT) completing the 5450 miles course to Itajaí from Le Havre.
The elapsed time for their race is 17d 0h 41mn 47sec, sailing at an average speed of 13.21 kts for the theoretical course. In fact they sailed 5771 miles on the water, at a real average speed of 14.12 kts.
When they finished, the second placed IMOCA Open 60 was around 50 miles behind in second.
It is the first major transoceanic race triumph for Riou since he won the Vendée Globe solo round the world race in 2005 and the biggest recent win for veteran Le Cam.
Appropriately as winner of the class in this 20th anniversary edition Riou was one of the competitors in the very first edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre in 1993 racing a multihull.
The duo win their class despite an express pit stop in Madeira to replace a damaged rudder blade.
“Rudders are broken now because of the pressure we put them under, whether ours or that of Macif” commented Le Cam prior to finishing, referring to near rivals who also made an early pit stop, in Portugal, to complete a similar repair.
The duel for second place was being played out as PRB finished, only a few miles separating second placed Safran (Marc Guillemot and Pascal Bidégorry) and Master CoQ (Jéremie Beyou and Christopher Pratt).
Safran second, Maitre CoQ third
Marc Guillemot and Pascal Bidégorry aboard Safran crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre line in second place at 14h 43m 23s local time in Itajaí, Brazil (16:43.23 UTC). Their elapsed time for the course is 17d 04h 43min 23sec. Their average speed on the theoretical course 5,450 miles from Le Havre was 13.08kts. They sailed 5748miles on the water at an average speed of 13.93 kts.
Safran finished just 4 hours 01 minute and 36 seconds after the winner.
And then at 15hrs 05 mins 07secs local time (17:05:07 UTC/GMT) Jéremie Beyou and Christopher Pratt on Maitre Coq crossed the line to take third place and complete the podium for the IMOCA Open 60 Class. Their elapsed time for the course is 17d 5h 15mn 7sec sailing the theoretical course at an average of 13.07kts. In reality Maitre CoQ sailed a course of 5746 miles at an average of 13.9kts. They finish 4 hours 33 mins and 20 seconds after the winner and 31mins and 44 secs after Safran.
Cheminees Poujoulat finish fourth
Crossing the finish line off Itajaí at 22hrs 14 mins 44 secs local time (00:14:44hrs UTC Monday am) on Sunday evening, Bernard Stamm (SUI) and Philippe Legros (FRA) sailed Cheminées Poujoulat to fourth place overall in the IMOCA Open 60 class in the Transat Jacques Vabre double handed race from Le Havre to Brasil.
Cheminées Poujoulat’s elapsed time for the 5450 miles course is 17 days 12 hours 19 mins 44 secs, sailing at a theoretical average of 12.85kts. They sailed an actual distance of 5752 miles at a real average of 13.68 kts.
They finished 11h 37m 57sec after the IMOCA Open 60 class winner PRB (Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam).
By Transat Jacques Vabre 2013, www.transat-jacques-vabre.com/en