Maître Coq IV skipper Yannick Bestaven has increased his lead to 245 nautical miles) while behind him the going has been slow and very slow.
Bestaven is the only Vendee competitor to have broken out of the high pressure system to get into new East-South-East flow of wind which will soon be reinforced by his hooking into a low pressure system.
While with 1,300 miles to sail to Cape Horn this next week will be the toughest of British skipper Pip Hare’s Vendée Globe.
With her autopilot system compromised due to the lack of true wind direction and strength data input, Hare is having to constantly adjust her course manually using the pilot’s remote keypad which means she is on high alert all the time, leaving her little time to sleep and eat.
But the 46 year old from Poole in England remains totally resolute, determined to look after her 20 year old IMOCA Medallia in order that the evergreen raceboat which is on its fifth round the world racing circumnavigation in turn looks after her.
In the daily video we welcome Charlie Enright, skipper of the 11th hour racing team.
Vendée Globe Leaders – Day 60 – wed 6 Jan – 17:00 hrs UK
1st FRA Yannick Bestaven – Maître CoQ IV – 5,906 nm to finish – sailing at 13+ knots
2nd FRA Charlie Dalin – APIVIA – 281 nm
3rd FRA Thomas Ruyant – LinkedOut – 284 nm
4th FRA Damien Seguin – GROUPE APICIL – 298 nm
5th FRA Louis Burton – BUREAU VALLEE 2 – 392 nm
6th FRA Benjamin DUTREUX – OMIA – WATER FAMILY – 454 nm
7th FRA Jean Le Cam – Yes we Cam! – 512 nm
8th FRA Giancarlo Pedote – PRYSMIAN GROUP – 573 nm
9th FRA Isabelle JOSCHKE – MACSF – 630 nm
10th FRA Maxime SOREL – V and B-MAYENNE – 642 nm
11th FRA Boris Herrmann – SEAEXPLORER – 663 nm
15th GBR Pip Hare – Medallia – 2386 nm
23rd GBR Miranda Merron – Campagne de France – 4098 nm
Nicolas Troussel, Alex Thomson, Kevin Escoffier, Alex Thomson, Sebastien Simon, Sam Davies, Fabrice Amedo