Thomson still in the lead but wasting time

Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) is still leading the Vendée Globe after eleven days of racing, but his lead over Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut) has shrunk considerably, while he is now off the Brazilian coast.

For a reason still unknown, because he was not reachable during the day’s session, Alex Thomson lost time on his two pursuers this Wednesday, while the head of the fleet is now off the Brazilian coast. The Hugo Boss skipper is only 18 miles ahead of Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut) and 47 over Charlie Dalin (Apivia) at 18 hours, while he was respectively 70 and 97 ahead of time ago. 24 hours. The Briton may have had to make some repairs, or simply eased off. We’ll find out soon.

“It is possible that the sailors have eased off from (what went through) Nicolas Troussel. We ask ourselves a lot of questions about dismasting (from CORUM L’Epargne, Monday morning, editor’s note), it is urgent to pay attention to the tension we are putting in the rigging at the moment ”, confided Yann Eliès, former participant of the Vendée Globe. Troussel has also arrived in Mindelo in Cape Verde, where his team will join him to take care of the boat which was, let us remember, the last to be launched in May.

Twelve skippers in the Southern Hemisphere

This Thursday evening, they are now twelve to have crossed the equator, the last being Damien Seguin (Groupe Apicil). The others are still in the Doldrums and hope to get out quickly, like Alan Roura (La Fabrique), currently 18th: “I’m in the middle of the Doldrums. I may have gone a little too far east, but I’m making my way, I wanted to go as far as possible to have a better angle behind because my boat is not very good upwind. I try to play on a compromise to be able to slide a little and be not too bad in speed. It’s a committed choice and for the moment the girls around (Isabelle Joschke and Clarisse Crémer) have gone a little better than me but the road is long! », Confided the Swiss during his session.

Check-in at 6:00 p.m. (French time) – Thursday, November 19, 2020
1- Alex Thomson (GBR / Hugo Boss *) 20,974.8 miles from the finish
2- Thomas Rouillard (FRA / LinkedOut *) 17.79 miles behind the leader
3- Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia *) at 47.43
4- Jean Le Cam (FRA / Yes We Cam!) At 142.49
5- Kevin Escoffier (FRA / PRB *) at 193.99
6- Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2 *) at 204.07
7- Boris Herrmann (ALL / Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco *) at 249.85
8- Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître CoQ IV *) at 270.65
9- Sam Davies (GBR / Initiatives-Cœur *) at 277.52
10- Sébastien Simon (FRA / Arkéa Paprec *) at 312.28

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

* boat equipped with foils