Sunday, January 27, 2013

Round the World in 78 Days

Congratulations to Francois Gabart who has won the Vendee Globe, the solo non-stop round the world race, with his boat Macif. The Frenchman - at 29 he's the youngest ever skipper to win - arrived back in Les Sables d'Olonne today, in a record time of seventy-eight days, two hours, sixteen minutes and forty seconds!

Armel Le Cleac'h in Banque Populaire is just a few hours behind, with Alex Thomson in Hugo Boss set to finish in third place. The website is here with all the articles and videos. It has been a fascinating race to follow!

Of course, it's not over yet. It may be three weeks before the last boat in the race reaches the finish. Alessandro Di Benedetto is nursing a broken rib, and when his boat, Team Plastique, gets home it will be to a hero's welcome too, I'm sure. As of today, just twelve of the twenty starters are still competing.

Photos are screenshots from the live web coverage of the finish. Top: Macif just four miles or so from the line. Above: Francois acknowledges the 150,000+ spectators as his shore team brings the boat to the pontoon.

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