Breaking the finish line on an overcast, humid morning in Southern Brazil, the French duo of Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam won the IMOCA Open 60 class at 10 hours, 41 minutes, 47 seconds local time, completing the 5,450 miles course to Itajaí from Le Havre, France.
The elapsed time for their race is 17 days, 0 hours, 41 minutes and 47 seconds?, sailing at an average speed of 13.21 knots for the theoretical course. In fact they sailed 5,771 miles on the water, at a real average speed of 14.12 knots.
The duo win their class despite an express pit stop in Madeira to replace a rudder fitting. “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 MACIF (Francois Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux) who also made an early pit stop, in Portugal, to complete a similar repair.