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Sebastian Rogues and Matthew Soobin first arrived in Martinique, before the Oltimes

They created the surprise. Sebastien Rogues and Mathieu Soupin, aboard their 15-meter Primonial, made their debut on the night of Monday 22nd to Tuesday 23rd November in Martinique after 15 days at sea to win the Ocean Fifty class during the Transat Jacques Vabre.

The skipper duo crossed the line in the Bay of Fort-de-France at 9:54 p.m. local time (2:54 a.m. Paris time) after leaving Le Havre on November 7 with a total fleet of 79 boats, spread over four sailboat classes on three different routes depending on boat power.

“It’s such a pleasure, we are so happy with the efforts we put in for two weeks. It’s amazing! It’s rare moments in life, and it’s priceless”, He smiled widely at Rogues, who was responding to reporters from his boat that was moored on the pontoon and lit up by the full moon.

The sailors arrived ahead of the world’s fastest boat, the Ultimes (32-meter Maxi Trimaran Flight), which has a course one-third longer than the Ocean Fifty, and its current captain, Frank Camass/Charles Coudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild) is set to start midday Tuesday (Paris time).

The duo of Sébastien Rogues and Matthieu Souben were the first to cross the finish line, ahead of the Ultimes, Tuesday 23 November.  & nbsp;  (Thomas Bergards / Western France / MAXPPP)

“It’s always good to arrive before the Ultimes, it has to be said! They didn’t really have the same course as us, and in any case, this is still the most beautiful boat in the world with the best sailors in the world. This, this, will. It does not change. But there is Little chance in life that you can win Jack Faber and even less win it against the Ultimes, so maybe that’s the only one in our lives”, Rejoice Sebastian Rogues.

Rogues and Souben collaborated for the second time on Transat Jacques Vabre. In 2019, they placed 3rd in the Multi 50 (formerly Ocean Fifty). Sebastien Rogues, 35, made his second doubles win after winning with Fabian Delahaye in 2013 in the 40 (12m single-chassis) class.

Eruan Le Roux and Xavier Macaire were the second to cross the finish line, at 5:22 a.m. Tuesday, just two hours after the leader. Sam Goodchild and Aymeric Chappellier completed the podium at 3:48 am from the winning duo. The first three boats that arrived are all in the Ocean Fifty class.

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