Hugo Boss, things go wrong

While prancing at the head of the Vendée Globe, Alex Thomson is faced with “a possible structural problem”, which he is trying to correct with his teams. In the meantime, the Briton is greatly slowed down.

This is the explanation for the change of leader in the Vendée Globe. Alex Thomson, who was flying over the race before leaving first place to Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut) in recent hours, suffered a damage on Hugo Boss.

What’s going on ? The Briton and his teams evoked this Sunday a “possible problem of structure”, without saying much more. If only Thomson is fine, he’s safe. For the time being, it is still time to “consider solutions with the shore team and define a repair program and a timetable”. In the meantime, Thomson continues to follow the same route as the other two members of the leading trio, towards the Saint Helena high.

“He didn’t decide to turn around”

Hubert Lemonnier, deputy race director, sums up the situation on the Vendée Globe site: “We know that Alex is in contact with his technical team and the architects to assess the“ internal ”damage; a check of the whole boat from front to back must be carried out. We were informed yesterday at 9 p.m. For the moment, its course is not disturbed by these concerns, but it is advancing at low speed, at around 6 knots since last night, which means that it has not decided to turn around. “

A lesser evil, for the moment. But after Jérémie Beyou, forced to return to Les Sables d’Olonne to leave nine days behind his competitors, it is the other big favorite of the event which seems to have been overtaken by bad luck.

Check-in at 5:00 a.m. (French time) – Saturday, November 21, 2020
1- Thomas Rouillard (FRA / LinkedOut *) 19,808.2 miles from the finish
Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia *) at 38.52
3- Alex Thomson (GBR / Hugo Boss *) at 73.08
4- Jean Le Cam (FRA / Yes We Cam!) At 274.67
5- Kevin Escoffier (FRA / PRB *) at 315.56
6- Boris Herrmann (ALL / Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco *) at 355.18
7- Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître CoQ IV *) at 367.25
8- Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2 *) at 379.96
9- Sébastien Simon (FRA / Arkéa Paprec *) at 391.14
10- Sam Davies (GBR / Initiatives-Cœur *) at 417.13

Nicolas Troussel (FRA / Corum L’Epargne *): dismasting after 7 days of racing

* boat equipped with foils