Florence Arthaud, the first woman to win the prestigious Route du Rhum trans-Atlantic sailing race, was killed when two helicopters filming a European reality show crashed in a remote part of Argentina. She was 57.
Arthaud, one of France’s most beloved sportswomen, earned the nickname “the little fiancee of the Atlantic” when she triumphed in the Route du Rhum in 1990 at the helm of her trimaran Pierre 1er in record time.
Arthaud’s victory in the famed race between Brittany and the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe paved the way for other women to follow in her footsteps, with the likes of Ellen McArthur, Isabelle Autissier and Karine Fauconnier finding inspiration in her feat.
Arthaud was one of 10 people killed when the helicopters apparently collided in the air Monday near Villa Castelli in La Rioja province, about 730 miles (1,170 kilometers) northwest of Buenos Aires. The dead also included French Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine. Read on.