Yannick Bestaven has accelerated north and increased his lead to over 400 nm, leaving the battle for second in his far distant wake.
Making up to 20kts over night after connecting to a stronger flow of SE’ly wind Wednesday afternoon, the skipper of Maître CoQ IV has made significant gains.
While his immediate pursuers – Charlie Dalin, Thomas Ruyant and Damien Seguin – for a long time were not managing to make ten knots.
Dalin and Ruyant are negotiating the west side of the high pressure system and trying to get north to the stronger breeze while Seguin is 250 miles to their SE on a radically different option.
While in the South Pacific with gusts of up to 60 knots and rough seas, the conditions close to Point Nemo are tough, uncomfortable and quite extreme.
From Medallia to One Planet One Ocean, the watchwords are looking after the boats and sailors.
Arnaud Boissières and Alan Roura had 60 knot squalls of wind, their boats under a tiny headsails and still have 1200 miles to go to Cape Horn.
Vendée Globe Leaders – Day 61 – Thu 7 Jan – 11:00 hrs UK
1st FRA Yannick Bestaven – Maître CoQ IV – 5,611 nm to finish – sailing at 16+ knots
2nd FRA Charlie Dalin – APIVIA – 428 nm
3rd FRA Thomas Ruyant – LinkedOut – 429 nm
4th FRA Damien Seguin – GROUPE APICIL – 440 nm
5th FRA Louis Burton – BUREAU VALLEE 2 – 533 nm
6th FRA Benjamin DUTREUX – OMIA – WATER FAMILY – 585 nm
7th FRA Jean Le Cam – Yes we Cam! – 606 nm
8th FRA Giancarlo Pedote – PRYSMIAN GROUP – 663 nm
9th FRA Boris Herrmann – SEAEXPLORER – 719 nm
10th FRA Maxime SOREL – V and B-MAYENNE – 727 nm
11th FRA Isabelle JOSCHKE – MACSF – 738 nm
15th GBR Pip Hare – Medallia – 2548 nm
23rd GBR Miranda Merron – Campagne de France – 4269 nm
Nicolas Troussel, Alex Thomson, Kevin Escoffier, Alex Thomson, Sebastien Simon, Sam Davies, Fabrice Amedo