You wait for ages and then along come three Vendee Globe finishers within three hours. Taking 4th place, Jean-Pierre Dick on Maitre Coq led home Yann Elies on Quigunnier in 5th and Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent in 6th.
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Vendée Globe history was made Wednesday when three solo skippers crossed the finish line at one after the other within three hours of each other.
The closest finish between a trio of boats since the solo non stop around the world race was first contested in 1989.
Jean Pierre Dick crossed the finish line at 13:47:45 hrs UTC to secure fourth place for the second consecutive time.
Yann Eliès exorcised the ghosts of his horrific 2008-9 accident when he broke the finish line at the Nouch Buoy to complete the Vendée Globe for the first time at 15:13:09 hrs UTC, one hour and 25 minutes after Dick.
In fifth place Eliès’ Quéguiner-Leucemie Espoir is the first IMOCA configured with straight daggerboards as opposed to the new generation foils.
One hour and 30 minutes later, at 16:43:54 hrs Jean Le Cam brought his Finistère Mer Vent across the finish line to take sixth place.
4. Jean Pierre Dick, St Michel-Virbac, Elapsed Time 80d 01h 45m 45s, +5d 22h 09m 59s after first, average 12.75kts on theoretical route of 24,499.52NMs. Sailed 27,857.09NMs at average of 14.5kts
5 Yann Elies, Quéguiner-Leucemie Espoir, Elapsed Time 80d 03h 11m 09s, +5d 23h 35m 23s, +1h 25m 24s after fourth. 12.74kts average on theoretical course. Sailed 27,138.58NMs at 14.11ktrs
6 Jean Le Cam, Finistere Mer Vent, Elapsed Time 80d 04h 41m 54s, +6d 01h 06m 08s after first, +1h30m45s after 5th, 12.73kts on theoretical course. Sailed 27,114.91Nms at average 14.1kts.
LEADING POSITIONS at 18:00 hrs UTC Wednesday:
1st Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire - Finished 15:37 hrs UTC 19 Jan 2017
2nd Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss -Finished at 07:37 hrs UTC 20 Jan 2017
3rd Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - Finished 19:40 hrs UTC 23 Jan 2017
4th Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - Finished at 14:47 hrs UTC 25 Jan 2017
5th Yann Elies on Quigunnier - Finished at 16:13 hrs UTC 25 Jan 2017
6th Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - Finished at 17:43 hrs UTC 25 Jan 2017
Fleet spread is now 8,072 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 18th.
Eleven have now retired from the race.
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25 January 2017 18:10 GMT