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Vendée Globe Day 82: Multiple Blessings, All Winners

by Vendée Globe 28 Jan 09:33 PST 28 January 2021

"There are two winners in this Vendée Globe" smiled Yannick Bestaven sportingly as he warmly greeted Charlie Dalin, the French skipper who hours earlier had broken the finish line of the solo round the world race in first place.

Granted a 10 hrs 15 mins time allowance for his role in the search and rescue of Kevin Escoffier, Bestaven displaced the pre-race favourite Dalin to win the Vendée Globe by 2hrs 31secs, the narrowest margin ever in the history of the race, earned by the oldest ever winner.

"I am happy to have finished the race in the lead. The English talk about Line 'Honours' and I am happy with that." Dalin, 36, said in his press conference. "What I'm going to remember is that I was first over the line - no one can take it away from me. It's normal for boats that stop to help others to have time compensation and that's out of my control. But whatever the outcome I'm here in front of you now and I'm happy that I've done a good job."

To another man, among the top skippers, there was neither a gripe nor a groan about the time allowances made by the international jury.

"For me the matter is closed and I won't be talking about it again. A human life was saved. End of story." said Louis Burton who slipped from second across the finish to third.

And one of the most heartwarming exchanges was on the gangway to the ponton d'honneur when Escoffier greeted and thanked Bestaven. The two sailors embraced for 30 seconds, the unspoken message being that roles might as easily have been reversed.

But, recalling the time he spent searching for Escoffier in the dark of night 650 miles south of Cape Town, Bestaven recalled, "It was a nightmare, standing on the deck all night looking for someone. I really thought we might not find him."

Germany's Boris Herrmann, who was involved in the search too and was allocated six hours, still managed to bring Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco across the finish line despite damage to his boat sustained from a cruel collision with a fishing boat. The incident happened at 1926hrs CET Wednesday night while Herrmann was 90 miles from the finish and on course for a podium place.

When he reached the finish line in fifth place, his starboard foil slightly crumpled, the side of his hull badly scored and standing rigging damaged, Herrmann's mood was equal measures of relief and contentment to have completed his race.

"I am happy with the result, definitely," remarked Herrmann.

Jean Le Cam is due to finish this evening. With his 16hrs 15mins of time allowance if Le Cam passes the line before 20:34hrs UTC he will take fourth from Herrmann and if he passes only before 20:57hrs he will displace Thomas Ruyant (Linked Out) from fourth.

Rankings at 17H00 UTC:

PosSail NoSkipper / Boat NameFinish Date & Time
1 ARV FRA 17Yannick Bestaven / Maître Coq IV28/01/2021 05:19:46 FR
2 ARV FRA 79Charlie Dalin / APIVIA27/01/2021 21:35:47 FR
3 ARV FRA 18Louis Burton / Bureau Vallée 228/01/2021 01:45:12 FR
4 ARV MON 10Boris Herrmann / Seaexplorer ‑ Yacht Club De Monaco28/01/2021 12:19:45 FR
5 ARV FRA 59Thomas Ruyant / LinkedOut28/01/2021 06:42:01 FR
6 ARV FRA 1000Damien Seguin / Groupe APICIL28/01/2021 13:18:20 FR
7 ARV ITA 34Giancarlo Pedote / Prysmian Group28/01/2021 14:02:20 FR
PosSail NoSkipper / Boat NameDTF (nm)DTL (nm)
8 FRA 01Jean Le Cam / Yes we Cam !45.30
9 FRA 09Benjamin Dutreux / OMIA ‑ Water Family213.5168.2
10 FRA 53Maxime Sorel / V And B Mayenne465419.7
11 FRA 02Armel Tripon / L'Occitane en Provence649.9604.6
12 FRA 30Clarisse Cremer / Banque Populaire X1591.11545.8
13 FRA 49Romain Attanasio / Pure ‑ Best Western Hotels and Resorts2309.52264.2
14 FRA 8Jérémie Beyou / Charal2494.12448.8
15 FRA 14Arnaud Boissieres / La Mie Câline ‑ Artisans Artipôle2934.42889.1
16 SUI 7Alan Roura / La Fabrique3057.73012.4
17 JPN 11Kojiro Shiraishi / DMG MORI Global One3080.13034.8
18 FRA 92Stéphane Le Diraison / Time For Oceans3116.83071.5
19 GBR 777Pip Hare / Medallia3176.43131.1
20 ESP 33Didac Costa / One Planet One Ocean33153269.7
21 FRA 71Manuel Cousin / Groupe Sétin4339.84294.5
22 FRA 50Miranda Merron / Campagne de France4433.84388.5
23 FRA 83Clément Giraud / Compagnie du lit ‑ Jiliti4519.94474.6
24 FRA 72Alexia Barrier / TSE ‑ 4myplanet6088.66043.3
25 FIN 222Ari Huusela / Stark6135.16089.8
RET FRA 69Sébastien Destremau / Merci  
RET FRA 27Isabelle Joschke / MACSF  
RET FRA 56Fabrice Amedeo / Newrest ‑ Art et Fenetres  
RET FRA 109Samantha Davies / Initiatives ‑ Coeur  
RET FRA 4Sébastien Simon / ARKEA PAPREC  
RET GBR 99Alex Thomson / HUGO BOSS  
RET FRA 85Kevin Escoffier / PRB  
RET FRA 6Nicolas Troussel / CORUM L'Épargne  

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