British skipper Mike Golding on Gamesa crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe at 18h 38m 26s UTC this Wednesday 6 February to take sixth place. He becomes the first sailor ever to finish three Vendee Globe races and finished just 6 hours 23 mins and 28secs behind his French rival Jean Le Cam who he has been duelling with over fifth place since early December.
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Golding’s elapsed time is 88d 06h36min 26s. His average speed over the theoretical 24,393 miles course is 11.5kts. He actually sailed 27,281 miles on the water at an average speed of 12.9 kts. He finishes 10d 04h 19m and 46s behind the race winner François Gabart.
Golding pledged this would be his last Vendée Globe. After finishing today when asked if he would do it again, he retorted: "In another life"
6 February 2013 19:41 GMT