Michel Desjoyeaux scores historic solo offshore racing hat trick and demolishes Transat record
Michel Desjoyeaux entered the history books alongside the likes of Eric Tabarly and Philippe Poupon this evening in Boston when aboard his 60ft trimaran Geant, he secured victory in the Transat. But unlike his fellow greats, Desjoyeaux' achievement is unique for he is the first person ever to have won the top three events in singlehanded offshore racing. Quite aside from his two wins in the Solitaire du Figaro, where he currently ranks third in the ultimate pecking order behind Poupon and Jean le Cam who have each won it three times, Desjoyeaux won the Vendee Globe sailing his Open 60 PRB in 2000-1. Two years later he followed this up with a win in the Route du Rhum, when out of 18 starters his new trimaran Geant was one of just three finishers. Now in one of the most competitive solo offshore events we have seen to date, he has won The Transat. Aside from this solo offshore racing hat trick, Desjoyeaux demolished Francis Joyon's record set in the 2000 race. Crossing the finish line at 21:29:55 GMT, Geant completed the course in 8 days 8 hours 29 minutes 55 seconds. This makes his average speed for the course 13.61 knots, although in terms of his actual distance sailed he maintained an impressive average of 16.41 knots. Approaching the line in flat water and around 12 knots of breeze, Geant was joined by a handful of press and spectator boats, all attempting to keep up with her. On the water we logged her at around 17 knots and from time to time whenever Desjoyeaux bore away or trimmed the speed would effortlessly hit the 20s on one occasion the main hull clearing the water. Stepping on to the dock here outside the Boston Harbour Hotel, Desjoyeaux looked slightly salty, with