Alain GAUTIER'S 60ft trimaran Foncia crossed the line at the entrance to Boston Harbour last night at 22:05:10 GMT setting a time of 9 days, 7 hours, 5 minutes and 10 seconds to finish in fourth place in the ORMA 60 class.
Only one place off the podium, it proved to be a satisfying finish for Gautier as he completed his first major solo transocean race on his new Foncia trimaran launched in May 2002 and mirrors his 2000 result in the same race when he also finished fourth. Gautier, like many of the fleet, had his share of problems including breaking 4 mainsail battens in the first big low pressure to sweep through the fleet.
The battle for 5th place became a dog fight to the end but it was the lone female competitor in this class, Karine FAUCONNIER, on board Sergio Tacchini who crossed the line at 01:36:47 GMT to take 5th place in a time of 9 days, 12 hours, 36 minutes and 47 seconds. It was an emotional finish for Karine who was following in the footsteps of her father Yvon FAUCONNIER who won this same race 20 years ago.
In the end, Lalou RACOUYROL had to settle for 6th place finishing 2 hours and 21 minutes later at 03:05:27 GMT in a time of 9 days, 14 hours, 5 minutes and 27 seconds. Racouyrol had to fight to the finish with a severely damaged mainsail but it was undoubtedly a relief for the skipper as well as his sponsor Banque Populaire to see the trimaran cross the line - in the last two editions of the race Banque Populaire had not been so fortunate. Both in 1996 and 2000 Banque Populaire capsized - the first time with skipper Francis JOYON and the second with the present skipper Roucayrol.