Geant - last tri to arrive

Michel Desjoyeaux's repaired tri joins the Route du Rhum pre-start mayhem in St Malo

Tuesday November 5th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
Following his dismasting this summer, Michel Desjoyeaux and his 60ft trimaran Geant arrived this morning at St Malo's Port Vauban, the last of this impressive collection of 18 three-hullers comprising the Route du Rhum class one multihull fleet.

Geant's career to date has not been an easy one. During the Vendee Globe winner's qualification he had experienced 55 knots winds aboard his fragile flier. Even on the delivery up to St Malo from his native Port la Foret on the west coast of Brittany, he experience 25-35 knots on the wind regularly with gusts of up to 38.

"I should point out that we sailed conservatively," commented Desjoyeaux on his arrival. "This week we don't want to over power the boat. Now, I'm anxious to leave and in even more of a hurry to arrive!

My qualification and the delivery were done under difficult conditions but at least, I know that the boat will hold together! Not many of us have sailed these boats in 50 knots wind. Now that I have experienced these conditions, I feel quite confident".

Geant and the 17 other tris in taking part in the Route du Rhum, set off in the race's second start this Sunday. The Daily Sail will be reporting from St Malo as of tomorrow.

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