Vendée Globe: No Rest for the Wicked

Vendée Globe: No Rest for the Wicked

(December 4, 2016; Day 28) – One month since Vendée Globe solo round the world race started in Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday November 6, the majority of the remaining 24 boat fleet spans some 4000 miles.

Posting a 24 hour run of 414.9 nm, leader Armel Le Cléac’h (FRA) will tomorrow be crossing the longitude of Australia’s Cape Leeuwin, and with Alex Thomson (GBR) on his heels, the British skipper cannot quite believe the pace which is unfolding at the front of the fleet.

“It is unbelievable that in five days or something like that we will be half way through the race,” said Thomson. “That seems incredible. It has been amazingly fast. On my first Vendée Globe I was only south of Africa after 30 days. This time after thirty days I might be south of New Zealand. It is incredible.”

“I am pretty tired. It has been very gusty, very windy. It is damp inside the boat and really not great living conditions. Apart from that I am well fed. But I am looking forwards to the next front which will bring northerlies, the nice stable warmer air and I will be able to rest. It is virtually impossible for me to pace myself with Armel because on the one side I am significantly slower than him and so I am trying not to.

“I am trying to sail my own game and not worry too much about Armel. He has got different speeds to me and is likely to go different ways and so I am trying to play my own game. I think if I try to pace him I will probably push the boat too hard.” – Read on

Ranking (Top 5 of 29 as of 22:00 UTC)
1. Banque Populaire VIII, Armel Le Cléac’h (FRA), 13675 nm to finish
2. Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson (GBR), 60.09 nm to leader
3. Edmond de Rothschild, Sébastien Josse (FRA), 592.66 nm
4. SMA, Paul Meilhat (FRA), 1200.46 nm
5. Maître CoQ, Jérémie Beyou (FRA), 1446.78 nm