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Michel Desjoyeaux wins Vendee Globe

by Event media on 2 Feb 2009
Michel Desjoyeaux wins 2009 Vendee Globe Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendée Globe http://www.vendeeglobe.org

Arrival time for Michel Desjoyeaux is 16:11’08’’ French Time. Elapsed time is 84 days 3 hours 9 minutes and 8 seconds. He has sailed 28,300 nautical miles at the average speed of 14, 02 knots for Michel Desjoyeaux who wins his second Vendée Globe (1st in 2000-01).

Desjoyeaux crossed the finish on Sunday 1 February at 15:11.08 GMT , after 84 days 03 hours 09 minutes of racing. Foncia completed the race in twenty knots of breeze under sunny skies, greeted by a massive armada of spectator boats before being warmly welcomed by huge crowds who gathered along the waterfront and harbour area of Les Sables d’Olonne, where the race departed at 12:02 GMT November 9 2008.

The gruelling race has taken a high toll of the 30 skippers who started the non stop solo round the world race. As Desjoyeaux finished this afternoon, nine are climbing northwards in the Atlantic ocean while some 7,700 miles behind two are expected to pass Cape Horn and leave the Pacific tomorrow. Eighteen skippers have been forced to abandon. In early December Yann Eliès had to be evacuated off his Generali when he sustained a broken femur while working on the bow of his boat, and Jean Le Cam was rescued when he capsized off Cape Horn by Vincent Riou, the 2004-5 winner of the race.

Michel Desjoyeaux’s first quotes

Desjoyeaux said: 'It's incredible, this little ray of sunshine is making it magical. I may have done it eight years ago, but it's still incredible. I can't take it in. I have been two months trying to understand what's going on, how I'm doing it and so here I'm just enjoying it then we'll think about it afterwards.

I never really worried about being behind. I won this Vendée Globe before the start with the choices I made, with the team and the experience I have built up.

I won this Vendée Globe before the start with the choices I made, with the team and the experience I have built up Eighty percent of the end result is before the start of the race. But it is a whole lot of things, and the other twenty percent are during the race itself, in believing, having faith, in doing it, manoeuvering, in punishing yourself, when I had to push a bit, but I never really suffered. I am always in the action, making the boat go fast.

I don't think I have been cocky. We've had rough conditions in the south but I felt I was at ease and enjoying it a lot, so everything feels a lot easier that way, not to be too hard on yourself and just keep going.

Even on 25th December with my rudder problem, I didn't sit around crying about what had happened. Everyone knows the Vendée Globe is hard and it's only normal there aren't many of us finishing. It's the hardest race that exists, simply, so it's normal that there are not a lot of us left at the finish line.

Jules Verne had visualized 80 (days) and I think that's do-able even with our boats, so I think in four years it'll be doable. The world hasn't shrunk, but it is certainly possible to sail around the world in under 80 days, and it would have been possible this time without the ice this time.

I didn't manage to sleep last night.
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