Sailing: Thomson accelerates and moves away from his pursuers

Alex Thomson is still leading the way in the Vendée Globe. The Welshman even increased his lead over Thomas Rettant and Charlie Dalin. Alan Roura still 18th.

Alex Thomson just after the start of Les Salles d’Olonne.


Vendée Globe leader Alex Thomson, who showed signs of slowing down and saw his two big rivals Thomas Rouillard and Charlie Dalin come back on him, gave another boost on Thursday evening.

In the 22 hours standings on Thursday, Welshman Thomson (Hugo Boss) was still in the lead with Rettant (LinkedOut) positioned behind him 12.3 nautical miles (22.8 km). Dalin (Apivia), third, was at 87.8 km (47.4 Nm).

Spent like an arrow Wednesday at the equator, Thomson had since eased off, without explanation. Loud was only 7 Nm from the Briton Thursday noon. But at the end of the day, the leader of the solo round-the-world trip sailed at speeds exceeding 21 knots (39 km / h), when Rettant and Dalin did not reach 20 knots.

The three rivals are at the helm of so-called “flying” sailboats (foilers) and now sail in the Southern Hemisphere, like more than a third of the fleet.

Of the twelve boats that have already left the Northern Hemisphere, only two do not have foils – the side appendages that raise the hull above the water to sail at high speed: that of Benjamin Dutreux (OMIA-Water Family), eleventh in the ranking, and that of Jean Le Cam (Yes we Cam!), Fourth.

Alan Roura suffers from the heat

Compared to the ranking of Wednesday evening, Alan Roura, who suffers from the heat in the Doldrums, has moved back one rank (18th). “It’s hot to the point, I spend my life half naked!” At night, I swim in my perspiration, the boat looks like an oven. Whereas in a few weeks it will be the freezer. The beauty of a world tour! ” he said in his logbook. The Geneva navigator was on Thursday at 10 p.m. 669.1 miles from the Welsh leader.

Beyou quiet

Returning to the race after a technical stopover in Les Sables d’Olonne, Jérémie Beyou (Charal) is advancing slowly and closing the fleet nearly 3,000 miles from Thomson.

On the eleventh day of racing, there was only one retirement, that of Nicolas Troussel (Corum L’Epargne) after a dismasting on Monday off Cape Verde. Troussel rejoined his boat on Thursday evening, the port of Mindelo, after three days of motor navigation.

Click here to find the updated ranking and map of the Vendée Globe 2020-2021.

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