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11/15 - 09h58

Beyou Second:"For the next two years we think of nothing but the Vendee Globe"

Three times winner of La Solitaire du Figaro Jeremie Beyou took second place in the IMOCA class when he crossed the finish line of the tenth Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe this Saturday morning 15 Nov at 01:11:18hrs.

The skipper of Maitre Coq took 12d12h11m18s to complete the course at a speed of 13.04kts for the theoretical course. He actually sailed 3916 miles at 13.04kts average.

Beyou was second for most of the race and from south of the Azores was thorn in the side of Class winner Francois Gabart.
"My team worked well on the boat to get it back into shape. Given the season I had then this second place is really nice. It is certainly not easy to go from La Solitaire du Figaro to the Route du Rhum. I enjoyed the challenge and for the long term gain I think that this will be one of my strengths, my assets. It enhances my capacity.
When it is hard I dont hold back. It is always good to be racing others, it is IMOCA. It allows you to develop strategies and bemchmarks, to learn the angles and the crossovers and how hard to press. These things then are repeatable. The problem then, of course, is that is now four years to the next Route du Rhum and it is hard then to repeat some of these learnings. But of course on La Solitaire then you can. The best moments are always the rankings when you have gone well. It was hard this Rhum. There is definitely a speed difference with Francois but we make progress. The next two years with think of nothing else than the Vendee Globe."

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