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Yannick BESTAVEN, 48 year old French skipper of Maître Coq IV was the overall winner of the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe.
Although he actually took the gun for third place off Les Sables d’Olonne, France at 03hrs 19mins 46 secs early this Thursday morning, because he carried a time compensation of 10 hours and 15 minutes, awarded by an international jury for his role in the search and rescue of fellow competitor Kevin Escoffier, Bestaven takes victory 2hrs 31mins 01secs ahead of Charlie Dalin and 6hrs 40mins 26secs of Louis Burton who both finished ahead of him and take second and third respectively.
‘My main quality? "Stubbornness". My main flaw “Stubbornness”. "I also am very resilient " admitted Bestaven before the start.
Finished 28/01/2021 03:19:46 UTC, elapsed time 80d 13h 59min 46s. Time compensation : -10h 15min 00s, Offical corrected time : 80dj 03h 44min 46s.
Average speed on the theoretical course: 24 365.74 nm / 12.60 kts.
Miles sailed: 28 583.80 nm at an average of 14.78 nds
Charlie DALIN, 36-year-old skipper of APIVIA, First To Finish The Ninth Vendée Globe
French skipper Charlie Dalin emerged from a damp, misty Bay of Biscay to break the finish line of the Vendée Globe, the solo, non-stop race round the world race, in first position and in doing so realised the ocean racing dreams of his youth.
America’s Cup winning designer Guillaume Verdier, who designed Dalin’s boat, remarks: “Charlie is just a superb strategist. He measures break even points well to evaluate the risk he is willing to take. And that is also what we tried to do when designing the boat.”
Finished 27/01/2021 19:35:47 UTC. elapsed time 80d 06h 15min 47s
no time compensation. Time difference to first 02h 31min 01s
Average speed on the theoretical course: 24 365.74 nm / 12.65 nds
Miles sailed: 29 135.01 nm at an average of 15.13 nds
Louis BURTON, skipper of BUREAU VALLEE 2
Second across the finish line, Saint Malo skipper Louis Burton was visibly delighted with his race, revealing he had an electrical fire which latterly hampered his performance.
“There is a great joy to be reunited with my loved ones and to be out of harm's way. Breaking the line in 2nd position is a crazy thing, especially with the race I had. I tried not to think too much about the finish during the race, it's like when you are riding a bike and you have a very steep hill to climb, if you look all the way up you get discouraged.
It’s a dream come true a second time for me and this time at the forefront so it’s the dream."
Finished 27/01/2021 23:45:12 UTC elapsed time 80d10h 25min 12s, no compensation. Time difference to first 06h 40min 26s, time difference to APIVIA 04h 09min 25s
Average speed on the theoretical course: 24 365.74 nm / 12.62 nds
Miles sailed: 28 649.99 nms at an average of 14.84 nds
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