Transat AG2R La Mondiale finishes at St Barts
The two-handed Transatlantic race began from Concarneau in France last month, and saw 25 Figaro 2 boats competing for the big prizes.
Sailing’s favourite pin-up, MUSTO-wearing Samantha Davies, finished a storming fourth in the race to the Caribbean island of St Barts, while the winner and second place were also Musto clad.
Sam and her boyfriend Romaine led for a number of days in mid-Atlantic, making some impressive tactical moves to get to the head of the highly professional fleet and staying there in fast sailing conditions.
The dynamic duo pushed their 33ft boat hard 24 hours every day in a race where a moment’s inattention can cause the loss of a number of places. For most of the race the leaders were virtually in sight of each other.
At the end of the course the tricky, light wind conditions in the Caribbean allowed Armel Le Cleac’h and Fabien Delahaye in Brit-Air – wearing Platinum Musto – to slip into the lead, with second place being taken by Banque Populaire sailed by Jeanne Gregoire and Gerald Veniard resplendent in their Red MUSTO.
Third was Circle Vert sailed by a doubtless damp pairing of Bertrand le Brock and Gildas Morvan who didn’t have the foresight to wear MUSTO.
Just two hours and 15 minutes separated first from fourth, a remarkably close finish after well over 3,000 miles of sailing.
Many congratulations from MUSTO to the winners and to Sam and Romaine.
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