Skipper Alex Thomson was ahead of his opponents on the Vendée Globe at 12 PM today November 8th, two days after the race started from Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday the 6th.
The 42-year-old British contestant Alex Thomson, sailing with his sponsor Hugo Boss, is at the first place of the race, having overtaken French skipper Armel Le Cleac’h who is now at the third place behind Jean-Pierre Dick. However, Thomson expressed his doubts regarding his next steps in the race: “these boats are very hard to manage when you are sleep-deprived,” he said today.
Le Cleac’h, 39, is still the front-runner of the 2017 edition. He had arrived on second place in 2013, only three hours after the winner, French skipper François Gabart who broke the record previously held by Michel Desjoyeaux. The youngest winner of the Vendée Globe, at 29, had arrived back in Les Sables d’Olonne after 78 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds, an all-time record.
The Vendée Globe is the longest single-handed sailboat race in the world. As the race started with excellent weather conditions and with the use of foils for the very first time, the record could be broken once again in 2017.
Aurore Locatelli, 3F