In two days, eleven Vendee Globe Race IMOCAs have rounded Cape Horn.
In less than 12 hours Monday night, six skippers passed out the Pacific to enter the South Atlantic. The finishes into Les Sables d’Olonne are going to be breathtakingly close.
Yannick Bestaven on Maître CoQ IV has a lead of more than 180 miles over Charlie Dalin on APIVIA.
The skipper of Maître CoQ IV seems optimistic about his passage through the high pressure area which is blocking the route to the north of the Falkland Islands:
In third Thomas Ruyant is betting on the North.
He is looking to pass the high pressure to the west making upwind in a little more wind. In 48 hours there will be a clearer view of the potential outcomes between the three.
Vendée Globe Leaders – Day 59 – Tue 5 Jan – 17:00 hrs UK
1st FRA Yannick Bestaven – Maître CoQ IV – 6,101 nm to finish – sailing at 10+ knots
2nd FRA Charlie Dalin – APIVIA – 181 nm
3rd FRA Thomas Ruyant – LinkedOut – 347 nm
4th FRA Damien Seguin – GROUPE APICIL – 395nm
5th FRA Benjamin DUTREUX – OMIA – WATER FAMILY – 587 nm
7th FRA Louis Burton – BUREAU VALLEE 2 – 596 nm
6th FRA Jean Le Cam – Yes we Cam! – 712 nm
10th FRA Maxime SOREL – V and B-MAYENNE – 760 nm
11th FRA Giancarlo Pedote – PRYSMIAN GROUP – 761 nm
8th FRA Boris Herrmann – SEAEXPLORER – 805 nm
9th FRA Isabelle JOSCHKE – MACSF – 807 nm
15th GBR Pip Hare – Medallia – 2486 nm
23rd GBR Miranda Merron – Campagne de France – 4174 nm
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