It’s not official yet, but it should be soon. Obviously, this would be the biggest disillusionment of the Vendée Globe. British sailor Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), one of the favorites of the event, and second four years ago, was about to abandon the Vendée Globe this Saturday.
He took the direction of Cape Town in South Africa to repair the damage and only sails with one rudder. “We have to accept the idea that it’s the end of the race for us, cowardly, annoyed, the Welshman. Although I am still assessing the damage, I believe that a possible repair is very unlikely. I may have hit something in the water. I can’t say for sure, but it seems. It is a deep disappointment. The best was yet to come in this race ”.
On this last sentence, Thomson puts his navigation compass in his eye: he had already experienced a first problem a few days earlier while leading the race. He had since demoted to an anonymous 15th place. More than 700 nautical miles (nearly 1300 km) from the leader, Frenchman Charlie Dalin (Apivia).
Thomson is currently around 1,800 nautical miles from Cape Town and it is expected that the skipper will take around seven days to complete the trip.
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