Day Nine: HUGO BOSS continues to lead, 200 nautical miles left to the Equator for Alex Thomson …..


  • Nicholas Troussel continues to move slowly, following the abandonment of the Vendee Globe race due to a break in his mast yesterday morning.
  • Earlier this afternoon around 17:10p.m, French time from Les Sables d’Olonne Jérémie Beyou restarted his participation in the race about 2700 nautical miles behind leader Alex Thomson.
  • According to the forecast, Thomson is expected to cross the Equator first on Wednesday morning. With his movement so far, he will probably be about a day slower than the record he set for 9 days 7 hours, in 2016-17 in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • For his part, Thomas Ruyant has reduced his margin to the British skipper by 40 miles.
  • On his restarting, Jérémie Beyou showed positivism and hope, in the soft, almost Mediterranean afternoon of Les Sables d’Olonne, sent on his way by hundreds of  well-wishers. Confident of a rapid passage south in the first days of the pursuit of a fleet of 31 boats, his nearest “target” is the Fabrice Amedeo at 1,000 miles. At Cape Finisterre, he should be able to hook into a low-pressure system which will catapult him south to benefit from favorable winds on the east side of the Azores high-pressure system.

Ranking, at 17:00, French time:

1. Alex Thomson – [ HUGO BOSS ] —> 2,1546.6 nm from the finish
2. Thomas Ryuant – [ LinkedOut ] —> 87.27 nm from the leader
3. Jean Le Cam – [ Yes We Cam! ] —> 104.96 nm from the leader
4. Charlie Dalin – [ Apivia ] —> 115.75 nm from the leader
5. Kevin Escoffier – [ PRB ] —> 204.54 nm from the leader