Transat Jacques Vabre: Dunkirk skipper Thomas Ruyant finishes 4th after a wild comeback

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"This is by far my best 4th place in Bahia! (After 2015 and 2017 ed). This race was huge, with many twists and turns. Take in these conditions a fourth place, for our first race, not even the 10th exit of the boat since its launch, facing such a plateau …. We are really happy!", exclaimed Thomas Ruyant Sunday night, when he arrived in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, after 14 days and nearly 6 hours of racing at sea.

A first for the boat

The Dunkerquois left on October 27th in Le Havre aboard his brand new Imoca "Advens for Cybersecurity" with his partner Antoine Koch, just eight weeks after the first launch of his craft. The start of the race was quickly made complicated, with a stop forced on October 28 in Cherbourg following a failure of automatic pilot cylinders. The skippers then saw the fleet spinning and the best skippers who were able to dig a first gap in the lead. At the tip of Brittany, Ruyant and Koch were 29th in the Transat!

Thomas Ruyant and Antoine Koch finish 4th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

But the two men did not let go and sped at full speed, even allowing themselves to dream at the end of the race to a podium. After a crazy recovery, they finish the Transat Jacques Vabre to a beautiful (and unexpected) fourth place. "We made a superb recovery. It was very exciting. It was done little by little. The further we went, the more we understood how to use the boat, and the more we accelerated. We sailed well with Antoine! It's a great reward, for the whole team", welcomed Thomas Ruyant on arrival."I can not wait to write the manual alone (on his new boat, ed). We will start in 10 days with the converse return solo. It will necessarily be more complicated, but at one year of the Vendee Globe, we will go gradually, step by step, with the team to find this new mode of operation alone. This Transat Jacques Vabre has been an exciting human adventure. Antoine was the co-skipper I was expecting, a great seaman, a relevant analyst of the boat technique. I learned a lot on contact".The start of the Vendee Globe 2020 will be given on November 8th.



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