On the eleventh day of the race, Alex Thomson continues to lead a flotilla of 32 boats about 110 miles northeast of Recife, Brazil. Only 10 hours and 13 minutes after HUGO BOSS, under number 4 -Le Cam crossed the Equator, early this morning.
Le Cam’s time from Les Sables d’Olonne to the Equator is 10 days 10 hours 12 minutes, five minutes faster than in 2016 when he finished eighth. Tomson’s margin enlarged again this afternoon after the moving waypoint to which the leaders are racing, was recalibrated slightly west. “Every one of these new boats has a slightly different sail and rig set up, different foil packages, different hull shapes and so each will have its strengths and weaknesses and we are all just learning about these boats in different conditions as are the skippers themselves.” Commented second-placed Thomas Ruyan’s LinkedOut, program manager Marcus Hutchinson on today’s Vendée Globe LIVE! show. German Boris Herman (Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) crossed the Equator in seventh place at 06:50 this morning, 2 hours and 54 minutes behind Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2) and 37 minutes before Britain’s Sam Davis (Initiatives Coeur). As expected, the battle from the ranked of fifth place- Kevin Escoffier (PRB) to ninth-placed Yannick Bestaven (Maitre CôQ) among the boats that formed the forefront of the 2016-17 race is very engaging, just five hours right between Escoffier and Bestaven in terms of time across the Equator. Fabrice Amedeo (Newrest – Art et Fenêtres) has 120 miles to catch the marker Clément Giraud, and Jérémie Beyou crossed Cape Finisterre this afternoon and is scored 19 knots on Charal. Nico Trusel, who broke the mast of CORUM L’Épargne on Monday morning, finally reached a mooring in Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands this morning.
Temporary ranking at 17:00, French time:
1. Alex Thomson – [ HUGO BOSS ] —> 20,974.8 nm from the finish
2. Thomas Ruyant – [ LinkedOut ] —> 17.79 nm from the leader
3. Charlie Dalin – [ Apivia ] —> 47.43.96 nm from the leader
4. Jean Le Cam – [ Yes We Cam ! ] —> 142.49 nm from the leader
5. Kevin Escoffier – [ PRB ] —> 193.99.54 nm from the leader