Louis Burton (Bureau Vallee 2) and Boris Herrmann (Seaxplorer) continue to chase-down Vendee leader Charlie Dalin (Apivia) with less than 1,500 nm to the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne.
Burton has made the big arc round the anticyclone and remains a strong contender for the final victory, but as the wind lightens for the two leaders, it is Boris Herrmann and Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) who are closing now.
Who will reach the Azores first will depend on how fast the front moves, and their ability to stay ahead. Ideally, they want to gybe behind the front, after the islands.
It’s going to go very fast, in 24 hours, they will pass a front.
20 hours later, they will gybe towards Les Sables d’Olonne.
Vendée Globe Leaders – Day 76 – Sat 23 Jan – 11:00 hrs UK
1st FRA Charlie Dalin – APIVIA – – 1446 nm to finish – sailing at 14+ knots
2nd FRA Louis Burton – BUREAU VALLEE 2 – 40 nm – sailing at 15+ knots
3rd FRA Boris Herrmann – SEAEXPLORER – 78 nm – sailing at 18+ knots
4th FRA Thomas Ruyant – LinkedOut – 106 nm
5th FRA Damien Seguin – GROUPE APICIL – 163 nm
6th FRA Yannick Bestaven – Maître CoQ IV – 174 nm
7th FRA Giancarlo Pedote – PRYSMIAN GROUP – 232 nm
8th FRA Jean Le Cam – Yes we Cam! – 444 nm
9th FRA Benjamin DUTREUX – OMIA – WATER FAMILY – 547 nm
10th FRA Maxime SOREL – V and B-MAYENNE – 728 nm
17th GBR Pip Hare – Medallia – 3333 nm
22nd GBR Miranda Merron – Campagne de France – 4371 nm
Nicolas Troussel, Alex Thomson, Kevin Escoffier, Alex Thomson, Sebastien Simon, Sam Davies, Fabrice Amedo, Isabelle Joschke, Sébastien Destremau