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Grouping behind the top three

Arpès Charlie Dalin (Apivia), Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut) in turn crossed the Cape of Good Hope, while the rest of the ranking is tight, following the rescue operations of Kevin Escoffier (PRB).

While the last 24 hours have been turned upside down by the rescue operations of Kevin Escoffier (PRB), the race has resumed its rights in the Vendée Globe. After leader Charlie Dalin (Apivia) on Monday shortly before midnight, it was Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut) who crossed the Cape of Good Hope 14 hours and 30 minutes later. At the 6:00 p.m. check-in, the runner-up was 217 miles behind the leader, and the third, Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2) was 37 miles from Rettant.

Behind, the classification is very tight. Indeed, Jean Le Cam (Yes We Cam!), Sébastien Simon (Arkéa Paprec), Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) and Yannick Bestaven (Maître CoQ IV) having had to divert to rescue Kevin Escoffier, they lost time and regrouped in the same area. So there is only an 80-mile gap between fourth and tenth, and Damien Seguin (Groupe Apicil) “took advantage” of the twists and turns of the night to take fifth place.

Where and when will Escoffier be disembarked?

As required by the regulations, the four skippers who diverted on Monday will be re-allocated time, “to varying degrees depending on their diversion and the time spent in the rescue”, as the Vendée Globe website specifies. But it will take a little while before the International Jury makes its decision. Kevin Escoffier, meanwhile, must be landed as soon as possible, but no decision has yet been taken. It could be picked up by a French Navy frigate near the Kerguelen Islands, but not until next Monday, or by a Liberian merchant ship currently heading for Singapore.

VG2020 SAILING / VENDEE GLOBE 2020-2021
Check-in at 6:00 p.m. (French time) – Tuesday December 1, 2020
1- Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia *) 17,292 miles from the finish
2- Thomas Rouillard (FRA / LinkedOut *) 217.64 miles behind the leader
3- Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2 *) at 254.1
4- Sébastien Simon (FRA / Arkéa Paprec *) at 411.45
5- Damien Seguin (FRA / Apicil Group) at 419.4
6- Boris Herrmann (ALL / Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco *) at 432.28
7- Jean Le Cam (FRA / Yes We Cam!) At 452.6
8- Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître CoQ IV *) at 464.02
9- Giancarlo Pedote (ITA / Prysmian Group *) at 474.72
10- Benjamin Dutreux (FRA / Omia-Water Family) at 491.83

Let’s give up:
Nicolas Troussel (FRA / Corum L’Epargne *): dismasting after 7 days of racing
Alex Thomson (GBR / Hugo Boss *): rudder damage after 20 days of racing
Kevin Escoffier (FRA / PRB *): waterway after 22 days of racing

* boat equipped with foils