Britain's Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, said he was “ecstatic” to finish third in the Rhum Class of La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, the 3,542 miles solo race from Saint-Malo, France to Guadeloupe in the French West Indies.
"I will be back next time with a smaller boat. I am absolutely over the moon, ecstatic to get third. I was up against some really good competition in this class. These last few days we have been racing very hard against each other and in the end there is no shame in being beaten by good people. And I was beaten by two very good people. I congratulate them." Knox-Johnston commented.
He was visibly delighted when he steered his 14-year-old 60-foot Open 60 named Grey Power across the finish line on a pleasant sunny late afternoon Sunday off Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe at 20:52:22 hours UTC (local time 16:52:22 hours).
Knox-Johnston's elapsed time for the 3,524 miles direct course is 20 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds, representing an average speed of 7.26 knots. In reality he sailed 4,416 nautical miles at an average of 9.05 knots. He finished 3 days, 0 hours, 46 minutes and 19 seconds behind the Rhum Class winner Anne Caseneuve on her Multi50 Trimaran Aneo.
The legendary English sailor — the first man to sail non-stop around the world — was delighted to finish on the podium after an exhausting but very fulfilling passage which underlined that his age, experience, seamanship and prudence is a match for anyone in his 20 boat division.
"My race was slow to start but got faster as I went along and it was great because I had three other boats in the same class who were close and we were all very equal, and so that made it great," he said.