Jean Le Cam completed his Vendée Globe on Thursday January 28th and came fourth after deduction of the compensation obtained for the rescue of Kevin Escoffier.
“I don’t know how I got there, honestly I don’t know, but hey it’s done”said the 61-year-old sailor just after crossing the finish line. “I went to the end of the end of the end”, breathed Jean Le Cam, who buckled on board his “Old” boat Yes We Cam! his fourth Vendée Globe and achieved his second best result in this legendary race, after his second place obtained in the 2004-2005 edition.
“King Jean” crossed the line in eighth position, but took fourth place overall, as a jury awarded him sixteen hours and fifteen minutes compensation for the rescue of Kevin Escoffier – reducing his official time to 80 days, 13 hours, 44 minutes and 55 seconds.
Kevin Escoffier’s rescue
After the sinking of Kevin Escoffier (PRB), whose boat had broken in two on November 30 off the Cape of Good Hope, Jean Le Cam, like Yannick Bestaven, had diverted to help him. In the dark night and after multiple perilous maneuvers, he ended up spotting the castaway and getting him aboard his monohull.
The two men cried and laughed together and became galley companions for nearly a week, until a French Navy frigate picked up Kevin Escoffier. Jean Le Cam then continued his journey, alone, forever marked by this extraordinary event
It will soon be the reunion between the two browsers. Kevin Escoffier will be at the pontoon to welcome him around 2 a.m. on Friday.
“It’s his arrival to him. He had a fantastic race. I will be there with pleasure if he has a little time, so that we exchange a few words and that we can go for a drink to remember the days spent together. But I’m not here to come and take time when he arrives, I’m there to accompany him if he wishes ”, warned Kevin Escoffier.
Since Wednesday evening, eight boats have arrived in twenty-four hours, unprecedented in the entire history of the Vendée Globe, created in 1989. Yannick Bestaven is therefore the final winner, ahead of Charlie Dalin (Apivia) and Louis Burton (Valley Office 2).