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the gap is reduced in the lead

As he came out of the doldrums, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) saw Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut) continue his momentum and come back within 70 nautical miles of the Vendée Globe leader. Jean Le Cam (Yes We Cam!), For his part, sees Charlie Dalin getting closer.

Before changing hemisphere, Alex Thomson continues to slow down. Indeed, while he should pass zero latitude during the day Wednesday, the skipper of Hugo Boss was once again disturbed during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday by the doldrums with a slower speed than his main pursuing Thomas Rouillard. Indeed, at the helm of LinkedOut, the native of Dunkirk has once again reduced the gap on the leader of the Vendée Globe. At the 5h00 check-in on Wednesday, there were only 69.93 nautical miles between the first two in the race. However, the situation should change very soon because, approaching the equator, the skippers should start to take advantage of the south-easterly trade wind and pick up speed.

Dalin puts Le Cam under pressure

Behind the leading duo, third place for Jean Le Cam is hanging by a thread. Indeed, the skipper of Yes We Cam is now just under four miles ahead of Charlie Dalin. ” I had a squall at the start of the night, I saw some lightning, but it continues to go fast, I still have about twenty knots of easterly wind, confided the skipper of Apivia for the official Vendée Globe website. I look at infrared images to distinguish cloud masses, squalls, it allows us to detect their size, but not really to find the right route. We’ll see if it continues like this until the exit, but I’m still 150 miles from the equator and anything can happen. ” A little further away, Kevin Escoffier completes a Top 5 whose night did not upset the order. It must be said that with the doldrums, the ranking positions are less likely to change. Left Les Sables d’Olonne this Tuesday, Jérémie Beyou is 2735.35 miles behind the leader.

VG2020 SAILING / VENDEE GLOBE 2020-2021
Check-in at 5:00 a.m. (French time) – Wednesday, November 18, 2020
1- Alex Thomson (GBR / Hugo Boss *) 21,402.4 miles from the finish
2- Thomas Rouillard (FRA / LinkedOut *) 69.93 miles behind the leader
3- Jean Le Cam (FRA / Yes We Cam!) At 111.61
4- Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia *) at 115.43
5- Kevin Escoffier (FRA / PRB *) at 189.86
6- Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2 *) at 214.3
7- Boris Herrmann (ALL / Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco *) at 233.77
8- Sam Davies (GBR / Initiatives-Cœur *) at 235.41
9- Benjamin Dutreux (FRA / OMIA – Water Family) at 256.27
10- Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître CoQ IV *) at 282.66

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

* boat equipped with foils