Vendée Globe: Bestaven holds its own before a possible regrouping

Paris (AFP) - Yannick Bestaven continues his way at the head of the Vendée Globe in complicated weather conditions on Monday by incessant rain, still ahead of his pursuers Charlie Dalin and Thomas Rettant.

In the wake of the leading man, who turns 48 this Monday, and under downpours, the two French skippers are loyal to the post.

Dalin (Apivia) is now sailing 153.4 (284 km) from Bestaven (Maître Coq IV), ahead of Rouillard, 278.2 miles from the leader (515 km).

Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut) therefore seems to have recovered from the efforts made this weekend to catch up with the delay conceded during a tumble which saw him fall to tenth place.

The leading trio are heading towards Cape Horn, at the southern tip of the American continent, which they should cross on January 2 if their advance continues at the same pace.

The daily life of the navigators is for the moment complicated by the freezing cold to which they are subjected, even as they skirt the Antarctic exclusion zone in heavy rain, making humidity omnipresent on board.

But the race for the final victory is not limited to these three men, a few days before entering the South Atlantic: a peloton of pursuers holds up the shock, extremely tight, with seven skippers in just over 70 miles (113 km).

Damien Seguin (Groupe Apicil) clings to the foot of the podium, while being wary of the German Isabelle Joschke, 44 miles (81 km) behind him, who is gradually grabbing places to find himself fifth.

Jean Le Cam, third Saturday, has demoted to sixth place, but remains in ambush from the top of his 61 years, aboard his boat without foils, these side appendages that allow you to rise above the water to pick up speed.

Posted Date: 2021-01-08

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