Congratulations to Pierre De Saint-Vincent’s Outremer 51 Piment Rouge (FRA) for taking line honours in the second leg of the ARC+ rally from Mindelo, Cape Verde. The new French multihull, sailed by a crew of six, crossed the finish line off Quarantine Point, St George’s, Grenada at 23:10:23 local time on Wednesday 1st December, completing their transatlantic crossing after 12 days at sea. Crossing the finish line after 2,424nm of sailing, there were loud cheers from the crew and music blasting out from on deck the boat to hail their arrival.
The delighted crew were elated to be the first boat to finish and after crossing the line, made their way into the Carenage, the lively waterfront area which winds around the inner harbour, before being guided by Dock Master Joel into Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina where the ARC+ boats will be hosted over the next few days.
The ARC+ yellowshirts and Marina Manager, Zara Tremlett were waiting for Piment Rouge on the dock to give a very warm Spice Island welcome and once safely docked, the crew donned fun long black wigs and sunglasses for their night time arrival before spraying a bottle of French champagne to celebrate their victory!
“I’m feeling good. The ARC+ was a very good experience with a very good crew and there was a great atmosphere on board. We sailed all the time apart from about 4 hours using the engine. We went south and made at least 20 directional changes en route to Grenada from Cape Verde The last two days were quite difficult, with a lot of rain, but we managed a 240nm run in the last 24 hours. I’ve only had the boat since July but I know now that Piment Rouge is a good boat," said Pierre De Saint-Vincent.
The Piment Rouge crew: Pierre De Saint-Vincent, Hervé Cardona, Catherine Ducret, Vincent Henry, Serge Milliard and Sylvie Servoles.
The Grenada Tourism Authority will be presenting the line honours team with a welcome bag of local specialities in the morning once all the formalities have been sorted and the crew have a had a good night’s sleep. They may however still be awake to welcome the next boat into Grenada, Steve Oleary’s Neel 47 trimaran Bigbird (USA) due at 0420 local time.