It was at 0604 hours and 22 seconds this Wednesday 21 May under driving rain and storms that Groupama skippered by Franck CAMMAS (FRA) crossed the finish line of this second edition of the Challenge Mondial Assistance.
The green and white trimaran took a total of 9 days, 15 hours, 4 minutes and 22 seconds to cover the 2 700 mlles of the race at an average speed of 11.68 knots.
Groupama has had an exceptional race after taking the lead on 13 May at 0800, less than 48 hours after the start of the race. It lost the main role on 15 May at 0400 GMT only to snatch it back again by 0400 hours in the morning.
He lost the number one spot of the Challenge Mondial Assistance on 17 May at the 1000 ranking, to win it back the same day at 1400 hours. Since this date, Franck CAMMAS and his men have firmly held onto their lead. When Groupama crossed the line, Banque Populaire was 20 miles south of it, sailing in difficult winds and seas. Bonduelle, skippered by Jean Le CAM (FRA) was then in third position followed by Géant of Michel DESJOYEAUX.
The arrivals should come in one after the other throughout the day today.It proved to be a very interesting last night revealing the true complexity of the course. "It was a very complicated night in 35 to 40 knot winds and jumps in the wind of 90 degrees"
declared Franck PROFFIT, future crew of Franck CAMMAS in the next Transat Jacques Vabre. " We had to make an enormous amount of manœuvres and the whole crew is tired. Even the electronics blew with the storm"
he ended, half an hour after crossing the finish line.