The two French skippers won the race in the category of the fastest racing boats in the world. They spent sixteen days at sea.
They were the favorites at the start of Le Havre. Sixteen days, one hour and 49 minutes later, the two men brilliantly honored their status. At the helm of their Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, a giant competition trimaran with white and blue sails 32 meters long, the two skippers crossed the finish line at 3.16 pm. After more than two weeks at sea and a course of nearly 14,000 km2, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier were crowned winners of the Transat Jacques Vabre when they arrived in Martinique waters. This is the first victory on a great classic offshore racing from this boat, launched in July 2017 and in the hands of the two sailors since the summer of 2019. The two skippers largely dominated the race in occupying the head of the “ultimate” category fourteen days out of sixteen.
The French duo cut the line at Fort-de-France the day after the arrival of three boats in the Ocean Fifty category, multihulls 15 meters long, which had a course a third shorter than the course than Cammas. and Caudrelier must try to follow. The two champions crossed the line accompanied by dozens of small boats in a bay bathed in sunshine. The Maxi Edmond de Rotschild arrived in Martinique twelve hours after the tandem composed by Sébastien Rogues and Matthieu Souben (Primonial), victorious in the Ocean Fifty class.
Sailor with multiple exploits and the first skipper to tour the world within 50 days (Jules Verne Trophy in 2010), Cammas signs here his fourth victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre (2001, 2003, 2007, 2021). Caudrelier, winner of the crewed round-the-world race (Volvo Ocean Race in 2017/2018), won him a third success in the Transat Jacques Vabre (2009, 2013, 2021). Two years after a somewhat traumatic Route du Rhum 2018 (retirement after the loss of the front part of the float of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild), the Gitana team has been able to rebuild and bounce back by relying on these two skippers with a well-rounded record chosen to replace Sébastien Josse.
The Ultimes have made their comeback on a great classic, three years after experiencing numerous breakages during the Route du Rhum 2018, a single-handed transatlantic, including the loss of the Banque Populaire boat. However, despite this bitter failure, the sponsor has embarked on the construction of a new machine, the Maxi Banque Populaire XI. Launched last April, the boat is still skippered by Armel Le Cléac’h, associated with Kevin Escoffier for this very first duo race. The latter are expected in Martinique this evening around 6 p.m. (11 p.m. Paris time) in a duel for second place with the latest addition to the maxi fleet, helmed by François Gabart and Tom Laperche, the SVR Lazartigue.