Always smiling, Gabart commented that his goal was never to win the event, although he knew that this within his reach; it's only in the Indian Ocean, while dueling for the lead with Armel Le Cléac'h that he realized his dream could become reality.
Le Cléac'h is expected in Les Sables later today and will follow Gabart in the channel under fireworks and waves from the affectionate crowds. Further back in the North Atlantic, Alex Thomson has slipped into third place when Jean-Pierre Dick lost the keel on Virbac Paprec 3. Always the determined competitor, Dick hopes to complete the event without a keel and has decided against abandoning the race in the Azores and is carrying on towards the Portuguese coast in order remain close to shore while he relies on ballast from his water tanks only.
Congratulations to François Gabart and the entire Macif team!
Check out the reports and images from the successful Quantum Key West Race Week!
Finally, he Canadian Sailing Team is ready for the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami which begins tomorrow. On the topic of the Canadian yacht racing, congratulations to Oskar Johannson as the 2012 Rolex Sailor of the Year!
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