Yannick Bestaven, skipper of Maître CoQ IV, the leader of the Vendée Globe passed Cape Horn this Saturday 2 January at 13:42hrs UTC.
He passind out of the Pacific Ocean back into the Atlantic with a lead estimated to be over 160 nautical miles over second placed Charlie Dalin (Apivia).
Bestaven has led the race since Christmas Day. In muscular conditions – winds of more than 30kts and big seas – the skipper from La Rochelle has kept up an impressive speed for his first ever rounding of Cape Horn.
He passed safely some 85 miles off the rock with an elapsed time since leaving Les Sables d’Olonne of 55 day and 22 minutes
Vendée Globe Leaders – Day 56 – Sat 2 Jan – 14:00 hrs UK
1st FRA Yannick Bestaven – Maître CoQ IV – 7,078 nm to finish – sailing at 18+ knots
2nd FRA Charlie Dalin – APIVIA – 159 nm
3rd FRA Thomas Ruyant – LinkedOut – 458 nm
4th FRA Damien Seguin – GROUPE APICIL – 506nm
5th FRA Benjamin DUTREUX – OMIA – WATER FAMILY – 638 nm
6th FRA Jean Le Cam – Yes we Cam! – 680 nm
7th FRA Boris Herrmann – SEAEXPLORER – 683 nm
8th FRA Isabelle JOSCHKE – MACSF – 699 nm
9th FRA Louis Burton – BUREAU VALLEE 2 –711 nm
10th FRA Maxime SOREL – V and B-MAYENNE – 736 nm
11th FRA Giancarlo Pedote – PRYSMIAN GROUP – 740 nm
16th GBR Pip Hare – Medallia – 2462 nm
23rd GBR Miranda Merron – Campagne de France – 4129 nm
Nicolas Troussel, Alex Thomson, Kevin Escoffier, Alex Thomson, Sebastien Simon, Sam Davies, Fabrice Amedo