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Vendée Globe: Dalin leader, but …

If Charlie Dalin (Apivia) still occupied the first place at 10 p.m. this Wednesday, Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2), 4th and who decided to go far to the West, should take the ridge of the North Atlantic in the lead. .

Once is not customary, you do not necessarily have to rely on the Vendée Globe classification as it is. The latter could indeed prove to be misleading. So, Wednesday evening, at the last check-in of the day (10 p.m. French time), if Charlie Dalin (Apivia) was still officially leading the dance, with 109 miles ahead of the German Boris Herrmann (SeaExplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) and 117 on Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut), it is nevertheless the fourth in the Louis Burton fleet (Bureau Vallée 2), which is preparing to cross the North Atlantic Ridge at the head.

Burton has in fact opted for a course much further to the West than Dalin, which should allow him to climb back towards the high pressure within three days. Forced to deal with a port foil which is not fully operational, the leader, for his part, seeks above all to keep the wind as tight as possible to shorten the distance as much as possible. Enough to preserve a breathtaking suspense from the start, and which only asks to go up a notch again.

Check-in at 10:00 p.m. (French time) – Wednesday January 20, 2021
1- Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia *) 2,304.36 miles from the finish
2- Boris Herrmann (ALL / SeaExplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) 109.54 miles behind the leader
3- Thomas Rouillard (FRA / LinkedOut *) 117.26 miles away
4- Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2 *) at 150.98
5- Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître CoQ IV *) at 162.7
6- Damien Seguin (FRA / Apicil Group) at 168
7- Giancarlo Pedote (ITA / Prysmian Group *) at 219.66
8- Jean Le Cam (FRA / Yes We Cam!) At 347.83
9- Benjamin Dutreux (FRA / Omia-Water Family) at 370.15
10- Maxime Sorel (FRA / V and B-Mayenne) at 625.1

For having participated in the recovery operation of Kevin Escoffier, three sailors will benefit from compensation on arrival, which will be reduced by their race time:

– Jean Le Cam (Yes We Cam!) Will recover 16 hours and 15 minutes
– Yannick Bestaven (Maître CoQ IV) will recover 10 hours and 15 minutes
– Boris Herrmann (SeaExplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) will recover 6 hours

Let’s give up:
Nicolas Troussel (FRA / Corum L’Epargne *): dismasting, after 7 days of racing
Alex Thomson (GBR / Hugo Boss *): rudder damage, after 20 days of racing
Kevin Escoffier (FRA / PRB *): waterway, after 22 days of racing
Sébastien Simon (FRA / Arkéa-Paprec *): foil damaged after meeting with a UFO, after 25 days of racing
Samantha Davies (GBR / Initiatives-Cœur *): damaged keel, after 26 days of racing
Fabrice Amedeo (FRA / Newrest – Art et Fenêtres *): computer damage, after 33 days of racing
Isabelle Joschke (FRA-ALL / MACSF): damaged keel, after 62 days of racing
Sébastien Destremau (FRA / Merci): multiple damage, after 68 days of racing

* boat equipped with foils