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2022 New Caledonia Groupama Race, Day 6: Eye Candy slips in under the radar

by Nic Douglass 24 Jun 04:36 PDT 19-25 June 2022
Eye Candy approaches the finish - 2022 New Caledonia Groupama Race, Day 6 © Nic Douglass @sailorgirlHQ

First Caledonian in real time, Eye Candy, were pushed along by their rivals, Guilty Pleasures and Poulpito, also Sydney 38's.

They passed Kalolo, a catamaran, who had been the leading Caledonian for the majority of the race, in the final nautical miles of the 654 mile challenge.

Now the crew of Thierry Leseigneur will also win on corrected time, flying under the radar of both Axians Untouchable and BCI Brer Fox, who each had turns at the top of the leaderboard for the majority of the race.

19 crews are now home.

The Optic Discount-Clockwork double crew commented, "the sea reminded us of the three golden rules of the Groupama Race: it's a race that requires preparation, it never goes as planned, and on the west coast, pull ashore," said Patrick Baldi, the skipper.

An IRC ranking that honours the Sydney 38

After many twists and turns, it was finally the three Sydney 38s who won this edition of the New Caledonia Groupama Race on corrected time: provisional first place for Eye Candy, followed by Guilty Pleasures - Speed Marine and Poulpito MLS - FCD. A podium snatched from their pursuers; Axians - Untouchable and BCI - Brer Fox, who battled for the lead for much of the race. After a constant battle, the weaker weather conditions over the past twenty-four hours.

Christophe Gallien, skipper of Axians - Untouchable, recognizes that there is disappointment in the air: "We are disappointed because we were very well placed, we had a great regatta, but the wind was capricious". The podium isn't everything, and the crew has a broad smile: "It's above all a magnificent human adventure, with five golden guys! I'm leaving tomorrow without hesitation! jokes Dorothée Gouyer, team member of Axians - Untouchable, who has just arrived.

One of the boats who has arrived since the winners is the all female crew:

Défi Des Filles arrival in Port Moselle:

Earlier in the night, the Blade Runner crew announced their retirement following rudder damage. Safe at the Koumac marina, Damien Meunier and Thierry Robert, prioritised their safety and that of potential rescuers, making the incredibly tough decision to not finish.

The final boat still racing, Cipango, the only boat in the Cruising Division, is expected to finish in the early hours of tomorrow morning ahead of the celebration and prize-giving at the Chateau Royal Sunday evening at 1800.

The protest that was lodged by the Race Committee against Antipodes regarding Sailing Instruction 15.5 was heard yesterday. The protest was dismissed.

Current positions

Overall Line Honours and Multihull Line Honours Winner: Rushour
Monohull Line Honours Winner: Antipodes
Double-handed Line Honours: Motor Boat II
IRC - Eye Candy, Guilty Pleasure - Speed Marine, Poulpito MLS FCD, Axians Untouchable, BCI Brer Fox
Double-Handed IRC: Tosot Climitisation Ketal, Motor Boat II, Clockwork
ORC - Eye Candy, Guilty Pleasure - Speed Marine, Poulpito MLS FCD, Axians Untouchable, BCI Brer Fox
Multi 2000 - Rushour, Kalolo, Oceans Tribute

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