Legendary French skipper Francis Joyon sailed to fourth place in the 12th edition of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe when he crossed the finish line off Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe this Friday morning at 02:56:40hrs UTC (22:56hrs Thursday local time).

The remarkable 66-year-old sailor, who won the 2018 edition of the solo Transatlantic race, took 8 days, 13 hours, 41 minutes and 40 seconds to cover the 3,542 mile course between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre, averaging 17.22 knots on the theoretical great circle (direct route). He has actually sailed 4,588 miles at an average speed of 22.31 knots. He finishes 1 day 17 hours, 54 minutes and 15 seconds after winner Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild). More.