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Vendée Globe - 13th for American skipper Rich Wilson

American skipper Rich Wilson crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe, solo round the world race off Les Sables d’Olonne on the west coast of France, in 13th place.

Wilson, at 66 years old the oldest skipper in the race, and Great American IV secured 13th place in an elapsed time of 107 days 00 hrs 48 mins 18 secs. He actually sailed 27,480 miles at ana average speed of 10.70 knots.

Tenacious New Zealand skipper Conrad Colman is fighting an incredible battle to finish the Vendée Globe under jury rig made of his boom and the remains of his mainsail.

He had 730 nm to go when his mast came down and still has 243 nm to go.

He has only emergency food rations left and only enough power for four more days if uses the absolute minimum of power.

He will have to endure a couple of days of light winds midweek but is then hopeful that a new depression later in the week will give him some faster downwind and reaching conditions to get to the finish line.

Finishing Positions at 12:00 hrs 23 Feb 2017

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
7th Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee - Fiished at 07:47 hrs UTC 2 Feb 2017
8th Nandor Fa on Spirit of Hungary - Finished at 11:54 hrs UTC 08 Feb 2017
9th Eric Bellion on Commeunseulhomme - Finished at 16:58 hrs UTC 13 Feb 2017
10th Arnaud Boissieres on La Mia Caline - Finished at 08:26 hrs UTC 17 Feb 2017
11th Fabrice Amedeo on Newrest-Matmut - Finished at 10:03 hrs UTC 18 Feb 2017
12th Alan Roura on La Fabrique - Finished at 09:12 hrs UTC 20 Feb 2017
13th Rich Wilson on Great American IV - Finished at 13:50 hrs UTC 21 Feb 2017
14th Didac Costa on One Planet One Ocean - Finished at 07:52 hrs UTC 23 Feb 2017
15th Conrad Coleman on Foresight Natural Energy - DTF 185 nm (Jury Rig)
16th Romain Attanasio on Famille mary - DTF 293 nm

Fleet spread is now 2,701 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 18th.

Eleven have now retired from the race.

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