DIRECT. Vendée Globe final sprint: Charlie Dalin expected first in Les Sables

As far as a sailor, we’ve never known that. On the last day of an 80-day round-the-world trip, Everest of the Seas has still not chosen its winner. As in 2013 and the epic Gabart-Le Cléach ‘duel, victory over the water will be played out at the end of the day in a pocket square between Charlie Dalin, favorite, and Louis Burton. But with the bonus game, the real winner may be in the three skippers behind the leading duo. Follow this final sprint with us.

The essential

  • Where are the boats? The southern group, Dalin-Herrman, arrives from Cape Finisterre in northern Spain, and the northern group, Burton-Rouillard-Bestave, arrives due west and made up much of its delay overnight.
  • What time will they arrive? For the time being, the ETAs are as follows (next update at midday): Charlie Dalin (APIVIA) must arrive between 6.30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Louis Burton (Office valley 2), between 11 a.m. and midnight, Boris Hermann (Sea explorer) an hour later, and Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut) and Yannick Bestaven (Maître Coq IV) between 3 and 5 a.m.
  • Be careful, the first may not be the winner. Compensation will be awarded upon arrival at Bestaven (10:15 a.m.) and Herrmann (6 a.m.), for being diverted during the rescue of Kevin Escoffier. In the current configuration, they would therefore be first and second.

The scores

9 am: Head for the Sands for Dalin! Charlie Dalin stabilized and even slightly widened his lead over his two pursuers. He has set course for the finish line and is moving at 20 knots, slightly faster than Burton.

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  1. Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia) 184.9 miles from the finish
  2. Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2) 61.6 miles behind the leader
  3. Boris Herrmann (GER / Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) 72.1 miles from the leader (6 hour bonus on arrival)
  4. Thomas Rouillard (FRA / LinkedOut) 155.1 miles behind the leader
  5. Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître Coq IV) 182.8 miles behind the leader (10 hours bonus on arrival)

The positions of the first five boats at 9 o’clock (from bottom to top, Dalin, Hermann, Burton, Rettant, Bestaven) / Vendée Globe / VG

5 a.m .: Burton comes back strong. Charlie Dalin was still leading the Vendée Globe on Wednesday morning’s score, but his lead was considerably reduced over his immediate pursuers, Boris Herrmann and Louis Burton, in the home stretch.

  1. Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia) 261.0 miles from the finish
  2. Boris Herrmann (GER / Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) 49.0 miles from the leader (6 hour bonus on arrival)
  3. Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2) 57.8 to 49.0 miles from the leader
  4. Thomas Rouillard (FRA / LinkedOut) 152.6 to 49.0 miles from the leader
  5. Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître Coq IV) 182.8 to 49.0 miles from the leader (10 hours bonus at the finish)

The positions of the first five boats at 5 o’clock (from bottom to top, Dalin, Hermann, Burton, Rettant, Bestaven) / Vendée Globe

Last night on the bridge. It’s the big day in Les Sables-d’Olonne. Five skippers will cross the line in the next 24 hours. Last night, Charlie Dalin’s lead over Bruno Herrman and Louis Burton was 82 and 123.2 nautical miles.

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Thomas Rouillard, Charlie Dalin, Louis Burton, Boris Herrman and Yannick Bestaven // DAMIEN MEYER, Loic VENANCE / AFP
Thomas Rouillard, Charlie Dalin, Louis Burton, Boris Herrman and Yannick Bestaven // DAMIEN MEYER, Loic VENANCE / AFP
When and how to follow the arrival?

A real-time mapping allows you to follow the final print. The next check-in will take place at 9 a.m. Then, the leading skippers will be in an updated area every 30 minutes. The very last miles will even be clocked every 5 minutes. Dalin is expected for the hour first, at the very beginning of the evening. The arrival, behind closed doors, will be broadcast on the Vendée Globe Youtube channel.

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