Paul Meilhat grabbed a startling victory in the IMOCA class of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe after an extraordinary sequence of events robbed Alex Thomson of the title. Meilhat finished at 23 minutes past midnight on Saturday morning, 17th November, just over 12 hours behind Thomson who completed the course at 12:10UTC on the 16th November after a completely dominant performance.
Unfortunately, Thomson had a 24-hour time penalty slapped on him for using his engine to back off the rocks after hitting the northern tip of Guadeloupe on his final approach to the island. It eventually pushed him back into third place, after Yann Elies finished a couple of hours behind Meilhat, at 02:38UTC on the 17th November and was duly promoted to second place, also thanks to Thomson’s time penalty.
Credit Trimaran/Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe.