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Is the only way to describe the final days of the Route Du Rhum, with Thomas Ruyant aboard Destination Dunkerque eking out the victory just three hours ahead of Nicolas Troussel. While it may have seemed like the luck of the weather draw, Ruyant was the favorite from the beginning, with the best-prepared boat and having trained for a full year for this event. Third and fourth place were even closer, just four minutes separating them after 4,000 miles of open ocean racing.  A big note of thanks to r.finn and Rail Meat for making the race so much fun to follow from home, and to our Francophone friends for translating important bits in the RdR thread.  And of course a big congratulations to the Anarchists who took home the ultimate Transat prize – Cammas, Jourdain, Lemanchois, Ruyant, and the Italian dude in the weird class (just joking, Andrea ;), and to the guys that powered through terrible situations to make it to beautiful Guadeloupe and all the Rhum they could drink.

Look for a final story about what makes France so different to anywhere else next week, and keep your eyes out for an interview coming soon with Josh Hall, Director of the Global Ocean Race.  The next huge thing for the Class 40s, the GOR is a two-handed, round-the-world-with-stops event from 2011 to 2012 with an astonishing 18 boats already signed up.  If there is a formula that is working in this sport, this is it.  Photo AFP.

Oliver Dewar has put together the best write up from the last day or two. Check it out here