ELLSWORTH — A former student in the Deer Isle school system who followed island tradition to become a professional sailor arrived in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, last Wednesday morning, the first woman to cross the finish line of the La Charent-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 single-handed ocean race.
Emma Creighton, 27, sailed her 21-foot Mini 6.50 sloop Pocket Rocket over a 4,200-mile course between La Charente-Maritime on the coast of France and Salvador de Bahia in a total time of just over 30 days, 11 hours, 41 minutes.
The 70-plus boat fleet left France on Sept. 25 bound for the Portuguese island of Madeira. After a short layover in the port of Funchal, the fleet headed out on the second, and final, 3,120-mile leg of the race. Sailing in the 27-boat Prototype class, Creighton completed the crossing of the South Atlantic in just 59 seconds less than 21 days.
Frenchman David Raison took first place overall in the Prototype class, completing the 4,200-mile event in a time of just over 26 days, 3 hours.