Thomas Ruyant is back on course after a scare which required him to stop LinkedOut Wednesday night.
Ruyant explained this morning that his bow compartment filled up in less than 30 minutes because his hatches had been forced open by the water pressure.
He was stopped for several hours and reported this morning,
“The two front hatch latches opened because of the waves. At the time I was sailing at over 25 knots. The boat filled up in 30 minutes while I was asleep. I really believed history repeating itself!”
Yannick Bestaven on Maître CoQ IV continues to lead this morning, 101 nm ahead of Ruyant with Charlie Dalin on APIVIA in third place.
Vendée Globe Leaders – Day 40 – Thu 17Dec – Updated 17:00 hrs UK
1st FRA Yannick Bestaven – Maître CoQ IV – 11,745 nm to finish – sailing at 20 knots
2nd FRA Thomas Ruyant – LinkedOut – 133 nm
3rd FRA Charlie Dalin – APIVIA – 146 nm
4th FRA Jean Le Cam – Yes we Cam! – 493 nm
5th FRA Boris Herrmann – SEAEXPLORER – 509 nm
6th FRA Damien Seguin – GROUPE APICIL – 517 nm
7th FRA Benjamin DUTREUX – OMIA – WATER FAMILY – 539 nm
8th FRA Louis Burton – BUREAU VALLEE 2 – 539 nm
9th FRA Isabelle JOSCHKE – MACSF – 664 nm
10th FRA Giancarlo Pedote – PRYSMIAN GROUP – 680 nm
18th GBR Pip Hare – Medallia – 3236 nm
23rd GBR Miranda Merron – Campagne de France – 4153 nm
Nicolas Troussel, Alex Thomson, Kevin Escoffier, Alex Thomson, Sebastien Simon, Sam Davies, Fabrice Amedo