Maître CoQ’s lead at the head of the round the world continues to decline. Jean Le Cam, he had to go climbing.
The Battle of the Atlantic is in full swing off Brazil and very clever today can say the name of the future winner of the 9th Vendée Globe. Leader without stopping since Christmas, Yannick Bestaven has seen his lead melt like snow in the sun for three days. Encalminated not far from Rio de Janeiro, the skipper of Maître CoQ is fighting against a headwind and tacking at low speed this Monday morning (4.5 knots over the last 4 hours) to bypass the long band of high pressure which bars the road. Still downwind at night, but not for very long, the competition took the opportunity to get closer temporarily. Especially Charlie Dalin, who was only 66 miles behind the Rochelais in 9am check-in, against nearly 450 three days earlier.
“My pleasure ? Wait and watch the rankings! ”
Behind, the mano a mano continues between Thomas Rettant and Damien Seguin for the 3e square. Slight advantage at LinkedOut (+170) over Groupe Apicil (+173) for the moment. Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2) is not far behind (+212), after a magnificent “remount” after his repair in New Zealand. Positioned further to the east with Seguin, the Malouin hopes to make a move. “My pleasure ? Wait and watch the leaderboards! I’m completely addicted to it, I wait for updates like a child waits for Santa Claus. I look at the trajectory of those in front, I try to see how I could pick up a little more, and it is exceptional: I had not known this pleasure four years ago! ”, Laughs -he.
The chameleon-style Cam
Jean Le Cam did not have a good weekend despite the sun as Benjamin Dutreux (Omia-Waterfamily), Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) and Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian Group) passed him. And it ended with an ascent to the masthead to lower a torn headsail. The dean of the Vendée Globe has not forgotten his camera to immortalize this always painful moment for a sailor, 30 meters above his natural element. “We are still in a somewhat difficult situation, it never ends! I must go back down now, it’s not the easiest “, commented” King John “,” hanging on his tree like a chameleon on its branch “but who has not forgotten to offer a nice panorama to earthlings. And to wink at his partners. Smart.