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11/11 - 15h07

Last two hours hurt Gavignet

 
He, logically, had chosen to stay a little offshore down the west side of the island where the lee causes very light winds especially through the night. But Lionel
 
Musandam-Oman Sail had spent periods in touch with Sébastien Josse on Edmond de Rothschild but in the end Josse got well away. But Gavignet did maybe feel he had done 

"I made 99% of my mistakes in the last two hours."
 
“It was a great race and we were sailing fast. But I can't hide the fact that I'm disappointed. I made 99% of my mistakes in the last two hours, so I have had to 
 
smooth things over. This is still a fantastic race with magnificent boats. I'm on my way to the finish. I haven't broken anything apart from a windscreen I left a bit 
 
too far up and that got smashed by the waves.
We're through it. There were squalls between 12 and 25 knots, so it was a bit on the edge, but no one capsized, as they're all good sailors. But it could have been 
 
different. It's fantastic to spend days sailing downwind. With Seb (Sébastien Josse), we were keeping a close eye on each other. I'm pretty certain he kept looking at 
 
the rankings. It's nice to be able to sleep when you're going along at thirty knots, when you know your boat well. But it's not something I'm going to do every day. 
 
Sorry, but I'd like to scream with joy, but I'm still fed up. I have sailed really badly over the past couple of hours.”
 
“Mission accomplished" was his ulitate conclusion though,  “The boat was superbly prepared by the shore team and is in as good shape as when I left St Malo 8 days ago, 
 
“My primary objective was to get to Guadeloupe in one piece and here I am. I made a few small errors during the last few hours of the race, but I managed to finish on 
 
the same night as Prince de Bretagne, a boat that is 10 feet bigger than Musandam-Oman Sail, and as Gitana, a heavily modified MOD70. I am immensely proud to have 
 
flown the flag of the Sultanate of Oman all the way across the Atlantic and into Guadeloupe. This place is very special to me as I met my wife here 23 years ago while 
 

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