After 65 days of racing and over 23,000 nautical miles, the Vendée Globe restarted off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The five fastest boats regrouping at a distance of 26 miles from each other in terms of distance to the finish line at Les Sables d’Olonne.
Charlie Dalin (Apivia) again led the flotilla, followed by Yannick Bestaven, the French skipper of Maître Coq IV, who lost his lead in the race, Damien Seguin (Groupe APICIL), Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) and Louis Burton(Bureau Vallée 2) are close off the Brazilian coast, trying to climb the eastern trade winds, which are not at all well established at least to the NE’ly corner at Recife.
“The route to the north is anything but clear. Until Recife, the northeast trade winds are unstable, there are bubbles with less wind, and variations in strength and direction. On the water, there must be pressure differences and therefore speed differences between the boats. It is not at all easy,” Sébastien Josse, the weather consultant for the Vendée Globe explained. From now until the finals at Les Sables d’Olonne, the last 4,600 miles will be contested with the intensity of a coastal race where every mile counts. The British Pip Hare crossed Cape Horn for the first time, in a moderate breeze and relatively calm sea she passed close to the rock and managed to enjoy the best prospect talking to the lighthouse and her husband. She admitted that the 24 hours before the nose are one of the worst in the race, a fickle strong wind, changing in strength and direction. Her time to Cape Horn is 64 days 12 hours and 36 minutes, giving her less than 30 days to reach the finish line if she wants to achieve one of his personal goals – the time of 94 days 04 hours of Ellen MacArthur, who was second in the race in 2000-2001.
1. Charlie Dalin [ Apivia ] —> 4593.48 nm from the finish
2. Yannick Bestaven [ Maître CoQ IV ] —> 11.85 nm from the lead
3. Damien Seguin [ Groupe Apicil ] —> 21.2 nm from the lead
4. Thomas Ruyant [ LinkedOut ] —> 21.63 nm from the leader
5. Louis Burton [ Bureau Vallée 2 ] —> 27.01 nm from the lead