It was the 1st race for Arthur Le Vaillant under Leyton’s colours. What could be better than starting with this traditional Atlantic crossing aboard a brand new Class40 that was launched just 4 months earlier? 120 skippers set sail in this 11th edition of the Route du Rhum, including 53 in Class40 boats.
The 30-year-old sailor from La Rochelle had some competition. However, no pressure for Leyton’s skipper — he refused to allow himself to be intimidated.
After a little more than 17 days of racing, he crossed the finish line in 4th position at Pointe à Pitre, just one day after the winner. Pretty good for a debut!
In 2018, for the first time in the marine industry, our energy transition teams have wanted to carry out a carbon footprint assessment regarding the Class40 project.
It was shared with as many people as possible so that every stakeholder could understand and take action to reduce their carbon footprint regarding the construction and use of race boats.
This was the season which saw the rise of Arthur and his team of experts (Aymeric Chappellier, Christophe Espagnon, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant, Quentin Ponroy) all the way to their magnificent victory in the Brest Grand Prix!
Sam Goodchild is back in the game on the Figaro circuit and he has had a splendid season. First off, he was there to “discover” the new boats, but his objectives quickly changed as a result of his astounding results.
The Franco/English duo of Sam Goodchild and Fabien Delahaye achieved a magnificent 2nd place on our Class40 for this transatlantic race between Le Havre (France) and Salvador de Bahia (Brasil).