The skipper of Maître Coq IV is declared the winner thanks to the compensation obtained for the help given to Kevin Escoffier.
The diversion had indeed cost the 48-year-old sailor precious hours and it was not actually him who crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe last night first.
At 8:35 p.m. Wednesday, Charlie Dalin completed his solo round-the-world tour without stopover on Apivia. Four hours later, Louis Burton in turn finished with the Vendée Globe 2020.
A suspenseful finish
How can we imagine that a race disputed over nearly three months could end like this, not only in a pocket square, but also with a classification shaken up in the last hours? Only the Vendée Globe has this kind of emotion in store.
The sinking of the imoca PRB on December 1 forced several participants to divert to help her skipper, Kevin Escoffier – finally recovered by Jean Le Cam. As a result of this racing event, a jury therefore met to grant bonuses.
Yannick Bestaven thus benefited from 10 hours and 15 minutes of delay to arrive after Charlie Dalin.
Hermann the unlucky
Another competitor, the German Boris Hermann claimed victory, credited with 6 hours of bonus. He was in third position and 160 km from the finish when, on Wednesday evening, Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco collided with a fishing boat!
And that’s how a victory takes off in a legendary race, the skipper and his boat only having to arrive this Thursday afternoon.
If we add Thomas Rettant on LinkedOut, four participants set foot on land in Les Sables d’Olonne between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
But neither the first to arrive nor the first in the standings broke the Vendée Globe record set by Armel Le Cléac’h in 2017: 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds.