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Rouillard and Dalin come back hard on Thomson

While the head of the fleet crossed the equator this Thursday morning, the two pursuers of Alex Thomson Thomas Rettant and Charlie Dalin returned to contact with the British leader. At the 5:00 am check-in, Thomson was only 37 miles ahead of the first and 65 over the second.

While the head of the fleet crossed the equator this Thursday morning, the two pursuers of Alex Thomson Thomas Rettant and Charlie Dalin returned to contact with the British leader. At the 5:00 am check-in, Thomson was only 37 miles ahead of the first and 65 over the second.

A few hours ago, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) was making a solid leader at the head of this Vendée Globe, almost untouchable and launched at such speed that he could afford to see it coming. But that was before. Because since the leading boats, entered Wednesday in the southern hemisphere, crossed the equator, the gaps have tightened sharply in front. So, this Thursday, at the 5:00 am check-in, Thomson was only 37 miles ahead of Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut). The third Charlie Dalin (Apivia) had also operated a serious close with the lead man, from whom he was only separated by 65 miles. Perhaps the reward for the strategy chosen by the Le Havre skipper, having taken less westerly trajectories than Thomson.

Only 15th at the end of the Theta depression, Rouillard continues his fantastic comeback, nevertheless still followed by Jean Le Cam (Yes We Cam!). Relegated to fourth position when he had started this Vendée Globe in the lead before falling in the standings over the days under the pressure of the flying boats (foils), the “King Jean”, on his old-fashioned navigation – the Quimpérois is competing in this Round the World solo and non-stop aboard an Imoca with drifts – has not yet said its last word. The oldest of the race (61), certainly left behind by Thomson and Rouillard, remained 50 miles from Dalin at the last score. The descent of the South Atlantic, much more favorable on paper to foilers, could however be fatal.

VG2020 SAILING / VENDEE GLOBE 2020-2021
Check-in at 5 a.m. (French time) – Thursday, November 19, 2020
1- Alex Thomson (GBR / Hugo Boss *) 21,078.5 miles from the finish
2- Thomas Rouillard (FRA / LinkedOut *) 37.82 miles behind the leader
3- Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia *) at 65.48
4- Jean Le Cam (FRA / Yes We Cam!) At 114.93
5- Kevin Escoffier (FRA / PRB *) at 177.2
6- Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2 *) at 1977.37
7- Boris Herrmann (ALL / Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco *) at 225.87
8- Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître CoQ IV *) at 239.48
9- Sam Davies (GBR / Initiatives-Cœur *) at 244.66
10- Benjamin Dutreux (FRA / OMIA – Water Family) at 253.85

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

* boat equipped with foils