Who will get the advantage on this nerve shredding final sprint? It’s difficult to say because everything will depend on the direction and strength of the breeze in the last sixty miles.
Charlie Dalin (APIVA) has maintained his Vendee Globe lead at the 17:00 hrs check, crossing 60 nm ahead of Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2) who came in from the north.
Dalin is 39 nm from the finish.
Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) is in third place and Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) in fourth
Dalin has made five gybes in the last 130 miles, since passing to the north of Cape Finisterre.
While Herrmann, 109 nm behind Dalin, has six hours compensation to deduct from his elapsed time, so in essence Dalin needs 120 miles of cushion or a bit less.
Yannick Bestaven in 5th place, has 10hrs and 15 minutes of redress and so to beat him Herrmann needs four hours and 15 minutes between him and the skipper of Maître Coq IV.
Vendée Globe Leaders – Day 80 – Wed 27 Jan – Updated 17:00 hrs UK
1st FRA Charlie Dalin – APIVIA – 39nm to finish – sailing at 14+ knots
2nd FRA Louis Burton – BUREAU VALLEE 2 – 55 nm – sailing at 18+ knots
3rd FRA Boris Herrmann – SEAEXPLORER – 109 nm – sailing at 13+ knots
4th FRA Thomas Ruyant – LinkedOut – 143 nm
5th FRA Yannick Bestaven – Maître CoQ IV – 166 nm
6th FRA Damien Seguin – GROUPE APICIL – 264 nm
7th FRA Giancarlo Pedote – PRYSMIAN GROUP – 276 nm
8th FRA Jean Le Cam – Yes we Cam! – 420 nm
9th FRA Benjamin DUTREUX – OMIA – WATER FAMILY – 599 nm
10th FRA Maxime SOREL – V and B-MAYENNE – 808 nm
19th GBR Pip Hare – Medallia – 3356 nm
22nd GBR Miranda Merron – Campagne de France – 4520 nm
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