“ Nigon finished in fourth place after 16 days, 32 minutes and 33 seconds at sea. ”
At 09:02:33 BST, Erik Nigon aboard Vers un Monde Sans Sida concluded the Multi50 arrivals in New York.
Following a tight battle to the finish between Nigon and third place Pierre Antoine aboard Olmix, Nigon finished in fourth place after 16 days, 32 minutes and 33 seconds at sea.
Opting for a more southerly route to New York, Nigon covered a total 4553nm and travelled at an average speed of 7.58 knots.
The final Multi50 skipper to finish under the Manhattan skyline, Nigon finished four days, 11 hours, 12 minutes and 16 seconds behind class winner Gilles Lamiré aboard French Tech Rennes St Malo.
“It was a complicated race because you go from one difficulty to another and you can never really relax in your mind. You need to be focused all the time. I’ve spent two weeks, going full power with a lot of wind and you have to stay concentrated. The hardest thing for me is that you can not relax at all during the race.
I’ve got some problems onboard. I’ve lost the system to measure the wind which is part of the mast, I’ve lost part of the rail that is maintaining the mainsail, I lost one of my jibs. There is always some maintenance to be done because the race is very demanding for the boat.
Arriving in New York was just magic, I have been dreaming for 50 years of going under Verrazano bridge and seeing the Statue of Liberty.”