Nov 9, 2014
Route du Rhum 2014: Peyron goes for the Record
Loick going for another record after grabbing the Jules Verne round the World with BPV , which is being sailed by Yan Guichard in this same crossing as "Spindrift 2". Peyron is now close to break Route du Rhum one. Video & Report by www.routedurhum.com.
"After nine editions over 32 years, Pointe-a-Pitre - the finish city for La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - has shown it knows how to throw a welcome party to the heroic finishers of the classic, four yearly 3542 miles solo race from Saint Malo.
And this Sunday afternoon around the humid, sticky heat of the race village docks the bands the dancers and thousands of locals, many of whom have grown up with the race, were warming up, making ready to greet Loick Peyron who is on course for an historic victory, and a possible new race record.
It will be some welcome.
Peyron is predicted to cross the finish line around 0230hrs TU/0330hrs CET/2230hrs local. To beat the established race record of 7 days and 17 hours he needs to break the line by 0619hrsTU/0719hrsCET/0219hrslocal time.
At 1600hrs TU this afternoon Peyron, on the 31.5m trimaran Maxi Solo Banque Populaire, was 178nm miles from the finish line, averaging 23kts. His nearest rival Yann Guichard on the 40m Spindrift 2 is over 240 miles in his wake."