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24 November 2002, 08:16 am
Mike Golding Storms into Second
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Route du Rhum
Pointe a Pitre

Ecover took second in the 60-foot Monohull Class after 13 days of close battle with Kingfisher, Golding (GBR) crossed the finish line in Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe at 1134:35 GMT, just 9 hours 17 minutes, 48 seconds behind Kingfisher.
Mike has raced at an average speed of 10.61 knots, in 13 days, 22 hours, 49 minutes and 35 seconds. This means that Mike Golding also beat the previous record for monohulls in the Route du Rhum (15 days, 19 hours, 23 minutes Yves Parlier sur Cacolac d'Aquitaine en 1994).

It was a smiling Mike Golding that glided over the finish line bathed in warm sunshine amid a homely flotilla of little boats out on the water to greet this historic legend. After an intense battle with Ellen MacArthurfor a sip of victory rum he finished in a triumphant second place in this the seventh edition of the Route du Rhum. A fabulous end to a great race.

Meanwhile, yesterday evening, an elated Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) won the 60-foot multihull class at 2038:00 GMT. As he crossed the finish line at around 20 knots, virtually swallowed up by an appreciative welcoming committee of little boats, it seemed that either Desjoyeaux or his boat, or both, wanted to keep on racing as the boat sped off at 30 knots and had to have its sails whipped down to regain control, as Ellen MacArthur stepped aboard.

Michel, left Saint Malo on Sunday 10 November at 1245 GMT and cut the finish line today, Saturday 23 November at 2038:00 GMT.

His arrival time according to local time in Guadeloupe was 1638 hours.

His race time from Saint-Malo / Pointe-à-Pitre is 13 days, 7 hours, 53 minutes and 0 seconds GMT.

Michel Desjoyeaux will have covered a distance across the water of 4555 nautical miles at an average speed of 14.24 knots. As for the orthodromic course (the shortest distance following the curve of the earth), which is 3 551 miles, he will have covered additional miles.

The reference time for Route du Rhum in the 60 foot Multihull Class is that established in 1998 of 12 days, 8 hours 41 minutes and 6 seconds.

Michel Desjoyeaux has achieved two of the greatest solo victories, the round the world Vendée Globe, and the transatlantic sprint Route du Rhum.
Josephine Lemmel/ISAF News Editor
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