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Almost three months after his departure, French skipper Charlie Dalin was the first on Wednesday evening to cross the finish line of the Vendée Globe. However, he is not guaranteed to be the winner of the famous round the world sailing trip.
Charlie Dalin (Apivia) was the first to cross the finish line of the Vendée Globe, Wednesday January 27 in the evening, after 80 days, 6 hours, 15 minutes and 47 seconds at sea, but he is not yet assured of win the race, with two of his pursuers receiving compensation for participating in a rescue.
Charlie Dalin’s reaction to crossing the finish line
This Norman sailor, who took part in his first Vendée Globe at the helm of a latest generation flying boat, cut the line at 8:35 p.m. off Sables d’Olonne in fairly rough seas, in the dark but surrounded by a multitude of boats coming to meet him, equipped with red lights.
Although he signed a real feat, Dalin is not yet guaranteed to win the Vendée Globe 2020, which offers a very close finish where five boats compete for the first places, and two of which have received hourly compensation, which could upset the ranking.
Herrmann hit a fishing boat
For helping with the search during the rescue of a wrecked competitor, Kevin Escoffier, on November 30, the German Boris Herrmann (SeaExplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco), currently in third position, received 6 hours of bonus and Yannick Bestaven ( Maître Coq IV), currently fifth, had 10 hours and 15 minutes.
It is therefore a race against the clock for these two sailors: Herrmann must cross the line less than six hours after Dalin if he wants to win, and Bestaven less than 4 hours and 15 minutes after the German to become victorious. .
But Herrmann complicated his task by hitting a fishing boat on Wednesday night while sailing in third position, 160 km from the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne. This collision caused damage to the starboard foil (appendage that allows you to fly) “but the sailor is fine”, said the organizers.
Tonight, at 8:50 p.m., while he was in 3rd position, 90 miles from the finish line, @borisherrmann collided with a fishing boat. He informed of damage to the starboard foil, among other things, but he was safe and secure the boat. pic.twitter.com/vsEZ6Cfdbx
– Vendée Globe (@VendeeGlobe) January 27, 2021
A mind-blowing finish
“It’s crazy, the finish is just amazing. There, we do not know who will win and it is also likely, very likely that when the first crosses the line, we still do not know who will win” , explained, before the arrival of Dalin, François Gabart, winner of the 2012-2013 edition.
“This Vendée is so special in so many ways!”, Also said Michel Desjoyeaux, the only double winner of the Vendée Globe (2000/2001 and 2008/2009). “They have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” notes Desjoyeaux for his part, specifying that the sailors all have hourly compensation in mind.