Route du Rhum update

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Tuesday November 26th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Marc Guillemot aboard Biscuits La Trinitaine-Ethypharm crossed the finish line at 08:21:18 sec GMT on Sunday to take second place in the 60ft trimaran class with a time of 13 days 19 hours 36 minutes and 18 seconds.

Guillemot missed the full brunt of the bad weather during the first week by taking a more northerly course. Following the retirements of Sodebo and the damage to Fujifilm, Guillemot briefly led the 60ft trimaran fleet until he was forced to put into the Azores to change sails - he'd shredded two of his headsails. However the pitstop ended up being longer than he had envisaged when it was discovered that, like so many of the trimarans, Biscuits La Trinitaine-Ethypharm was suffering beam damage.

He left 50 hours later, but was held up as by this stage the Azores high was firmly parked over the Azores and was able to edge in front of third placed Lalou Roucayrol (see page 4)

More money in the bank for Pains Wessex as Marc Guillemot reachs Pointe a Pitre

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