The Doldrums did not give up the Vendée Globe leaders as easily as was initially predicted.
But first placed Charlie Dalin (Apivia) appears to have skirted round the worst of a dynamic cloud system and emerged this afternoon with his margin intact.
Dalin’s more easterly position and his timing seems to have kept him away from a nasty zone of cloud and light winds which slowed Germany’s Boris Herrmann for a period today.
He has conceded third place on the leaderboard to Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut).
British racer Miranda Merron passed Cape Horn in 22nd place, exhausted but elated after a fast, but challenging run in to the famous landmark.
In 17th Pip Hare had to deal with a problem with her keel canting system when one of the control lines snapped and she had to replace it.
The British skipper has been trying to avoid the worst of a nasty low pressure system 520 miles SE of Uruguay.
Vendée Globe Leaders – Day 72 – Updated Mon 18 Jan – 11:00 hrs UK
1st FRA Charlie Dalin – APIVIA – – 2897 nm to finish – sailing at 13+ knots
2nd FRA Louis Burton – BUREAU VALLEE 2 – 42 nm
3rd FRA Thomas Ruyant – LinkedOut – 109 nm
4th FRA Damien Seguin – GROUPE APICIL – 109 nm
5th FRA Boris Herrmann – SEAEXPLORER – 145 nm
6th FRA Yannick Bestaven – Maître CoQ IV – 147 nm
7th FRA Giancarlo Pedote – PRYSMIAN GROUP – 154 nm
8th FRA Benjamin DUTREUX – OMIA – WATER FAMILY – 182 nm
9th FRA Jean Le Cam – Yes we Cam! – 230 nm
10th FRA Maxime SOREL – V and B-MAYENNE – 535 nm
17th GBR Pip Hare – Medallia – 2586 nm
22nd GBR Miranda Merron – Campagne de France – 3938 nm
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