Damien Seguin, the first handisport skipper to compete in the Vendée Globe, crossed the finish line at Les Sables-d'Olonne on Thursday, January 28 at 12 hours 18 minutes, 20 seconds. It took him 80 days, 21 hours, 58 minutes, 20 seconds to complete this round the world solo, non-stop and without assistance or 18 hours, more than Yannick Bestaven, winner of this 9th edition of the Vendée Globe.
The skipper of APICIL Group covered the 24,365.74 miles of the theoretical trip at an average speed of 12.55 knots. Author of an exceptional race and a breathless final in the fight for 6th place with Giancarlo Pedote, the three-time Paralympic medallist is the first drift boat to cross the finish line. He will finally be ranked 7th in the Vendée Globe after the arrival of Jean Le Cam who, let's remember, benefited from 16 hours 15 minutes of compensation following the rescue of Kévin Escoffier.
"It's an incredible arrival in the good weather but we have the sun in our hearts," Damien said. It's amazing to see the world on the line. And then there's the surprise because I didn't know I was in front of Giancarlo. I ran into him three hours ago. I pulled myself off to finish ahead so it's great. And now my whole team is with me. It's way too good. »
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