In Pointe-à-Pitre the ovation at the official prize-giving ceremony for the winners of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe was of the type you only find on Guadeloupe.
Winner among the winners, finishing first overall and the new race record holder, Francis Joyon remained as humble as ever in front of the crowds, as if he was surprised by their enthusiasm and passion. He uttered a few words explaining how this success was important to him in his long and rich career.
Earlier in the day he shared the Trophy with all of his team, his son Corentin, Sébastien Picault, David Leven, Antoine Blouet and his router, Christian Dumard. He dedicated the trophy to his loyal partner, the IDEC Group, its president, Patrice Lafargue and the 350 members of staff.
The IDEC SPORT maxi trimaran, in perfect condition at the end of this Route du Rhum is setting off for France today. Aboard her for this delivery trip to La Trinité sur Mer, which should last around eight days, Corentin Joyon, Antoine Blouet, Christophe and Aubin Houdet along with Bertrand Delesne.