Merron a good second

As Route du Nouveau Monde concludes in La Rochelle

Wednesday February 12th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Miranda Merron and the crew of UUDS - République Dominicaine crossed the finish line of the Route du Nouveau Monde to take second place a mere 12 hours behind Roland Jourdain's race favourite Sill - no mean feat considering that Merron's boat was built for (and won) the 1992 Vendee Globe, while Jourdain's boat was built for the last Vendee and is considered the bench mark Open 60 at present.

Arriving in La Rochelle's La Palice commercial harbour at 07:38 French time this morning, Merron's Open 60 covered the 4,293 mile course from the Dominican Republic via the Azores and Belle Ile in 17 days 14 hours 38 minutes and 0 seconds.

Sailing on board was Dominican Jan Pina, Figaro sailor Ronan Cointo, two time Mini Transat winner and designer Seb Magnen and shore crew Alex Sizer.

At present Eric Dumont's La Mie Câline-Viadirect has 707 miles to go to La Rochelle and Patrick Favre's Millimages-Gédéon is still 1129 miles away.

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