Ranto increases its lead at the head of the fleet

Having taken the lead in the Vendée Globe at 5:00 am this Saturday, Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut) retained the advantage over Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) and Charlie Dalin (Apivia). Fourth, Jean Le Cam continues to lose ground.

Thomas Rettant consolidated his first place. Taking the lead in the Vendée Globe overnight from Friday to Saturday, the LinkedOut skipper took advantage of the approach of the Saint Helena high to increase his advantage over Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), who is now at 32, 43 miles from the lead. “My shift to the east was done naturally: I was looking to have a quick angle, to have good pressure all the time,” Thomas Rettant told the official Vendée Globe site on Saturday morning. Alex Thomson was slower than us for a long time, it may have been less windy on this first part of the South Atlantic. There we all three have close speeds. ” While Charlie Dalin has closed the gap and is now only 67.79 miles behind the leader, the leading trio leaves behind the rest of the fleet.

The Cam has let go of ballast again

On his monohull deprived of foils, Jean Le Cam confirms that he cannot keep up with the hellish pace of the Top 3 of this Vendée Globe. The skipper of Yes We Cam! is now more than 300 miles behind the Thomas Rettant, he who was in contact with Alex Thomson not long ago. Kevin Escoffier (PRB) and Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2) come back strongly to “King Jean”. “You have to try to keep a steady pace because the more it goes, the more difficult it will be to pass,” Louis Burton told the official Vendée Globe website. On the timing, it would be good to take the corridor of depression because you can leave with this depression towards Good Hope. “If the positions have not changed, unlike the gaps, in the Top 5, there is a change for ninth place. Indeed, Sébastien Simon (Arkéa Paprec) took the advantage over Sam Davies (Initiatives-Cœur). Note that, further in the standings, Kojiro Shiraishi (DMG Mori Global One) was able to complete the repairs to his mainsail and resume racing.

Check-in at 5:00 a.m. (French time) – Saturday, November 21, 2020
1- Thomas Rouillard (FRA / LinkedOut *) 19,943.9 miles from the finish
2- Alex Thomson (GBR / Hugo Boss *) 32.43 miles behind the leader
3- Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia *) at 67.79
4- Jean Le Cam (FRA / Yes We Cam!) At 308.64
5- Kevin Escoffier (FRA / PRB *) at 349.78
6- Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2 *) at 364.83
7- Boris Herrmann (ALL / Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco *) at 389.79
8- Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître CoQ IV *) at 400.7
9- Sébastien Simon (FRA / Arkéa Paprec *) at 436.3
10- Sam Davies (GBR / Initiatives-Cœur *) at 445.78

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

* boat equipped with foils