First arrivals
This morning three trimarans had already arrived in Boston harbour - Michel Desjoyeaux (Géant) has won The Transat 2004 after having moved into the lead the day after the start. Thomas Coville (Sodebo) was hot on his heels throughout unable to overtake him. Franck Cammas (Groupama) managed to keep up on a much older trimaran. All three beta the reference time for the event established by Françis Joyon in 2000.

So Michel Desjoyeaux on Géant has won the 12th edition of The Transat, in the Multihull 60-foot class crossing the finishing line in Boston on Tuesday 8th June at 23h29 French time (17h29 local time). The new record for the 2,800 mile long course is 8 days 8h29mn and 55s, for an average speed of 13.61 knots. Desjoyeaux already holds the Route du Rhum 2002 title, and has now set a new reference time for The Transat, knocking almost two days off the previous record set by Françis Joyon in 2000, a time of 9 days and 23 hours. Arriving in Michel Desjoyeaux wake just 2 hours later, Thomas Coville crossed the finishing line on Sodebo, followed by Franck Cammas on Groupama. Although all three will agree that they've not just got back in from a Sunday outing, that they haven't seen one square inch of blue sky since the start 8 days ago, they also explained to their respective shore team and journalists waiting to welcome them into Boston harbour that they had great fun playing with the different weather systems over the north Atlantic. 

The next 4 boats are expected in today. Foncia seems to have a solid option on the 4th place in the race and should not have too much trouble from Banque Populaire and Sergio Tacchini, both of whom are less than 70 miles behind together with the Italian TIM-Progetto Italia.  But until the finishing line has been crossed, it's anyone's race …

Same uncertainty with Sopra and Gitana 11 who should be into Boston on Thursday at the end of the afternoon, early evening. Fred Le Peutrec is expected by Gitana Team's shore crew who flew out of France yesterday. Marc Guillemot, Gitana X's skipper who retired from the race shortly after the start is also travelling to Boston to welcome Fred. He  Gitana 11, quand il accostera à Boston.

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