“I can’t wait to start again next year!” smiles Catherine of Team 20 (Catherine KERAMIDAS / Alexandra CHAPUIS - EIFFAGE - CBA). The Gazelles have asked friends and family to drive so they can perch proudly on the tops of their vehicles, flying their national flags. Our heroines of the day smile from ear to ear as they wave at the admiring crowd. “It’s the end of a great experience, we’re closing the loop.” For four kilometres, they savour this official finish on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Headlights blazing, they launch across the sand one last time. “We’re so happy!” cries Team 141 (Bénédicte MERCER / Hélène SEGUIN - Squire Patton Boggs), wearing purple wigs that match the vehicle. Behind the safety barrier, curious onlookers and loved ones vie to get close to the teams.
« This is my fifth Rallye and the finish in Essaouira is always just as emotional » says Team 165 (Delphine BRIERE / Sylvie DAVID-BOULIN - Conseil National des Femmes Françaises ( CNFF)). The queens of digging get out their shovels, as does Team 100 (SANDRA BENTOLILA / JULIE LE DU - Dental 3D). Belgian Team 106 (Sophie FIS / Susan OSMOTHERLY - Dingo Australia) opts for champagne, which they are sipping on top of their third companion: “We finished, and we said we’d do it if we made it to the end!” Dominique Serra, founder and director of the event, welcomes and congratulated them under the arch amidst honking of horns. Happy and proud with their achievement, the Gazelles then head for the marquee tent for the prize-giving ceremony.