French sailor Armel Le Cleac’h crossed the finish line of The Transat bakerly off New York today at 11:27 local time (16:27 BST), taking honours in the IMOCA 60 class.
Le Cleac’h, at the helm of the IMOCA 60 Banque Populaire, completed the 3,050-nautical mile course from Plymouth in 12 days, 2 hours and 28 minutes and 39 seconds. The final time includes a 31-minute time penalty for accidental breakage of the boats engine seal, which Le Cleac’h informed Race Direction about at 16:26 local time yesterday.
The two-time Vendée Globe runner-up had actually sailed a total of 3,751 miles through the water at an average speed of 12.91 knots. As he crossed the finish line waving in his moment of victory, Le Cleac’h’s main rival for honours in the IMOCA 60 class, Vincent Riou on PRB, was still 31 miles from the line, meaning that Le Cleac’h can be confident in his victory despite the penalty.
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