As the leaders in the Vendée Globe Race 2020/21 reach the half way stage there is a change of lead. Charlie Dalin in Apivia suffers damage to the port foil of his ultra modern IMOCA Class yacht. Thomas Ruyant in LinkedOut closely followed by Yannick Bestaven in Maitre Coq IV overtake Apivia as the boat is slowed to assess and make repairs. Meanwhile Yannick climbs the mast with some tape to make a sail repair and records his handiwork on a short video whilst suspended 29 metres above the sea. To watch the video log onto the website www.vendeeglobe.org and look for “Vendée English live #38”.
Repairs to Initiatives-Coeur have been completed and Sam Davies is now back on the race course sailing to save kids. She was forced to retire following the accident and damage to the boats keel housing 12 days ago. In spite of bruised ribs from the impact she is determined to complete the circle back to Les Sables d’Olonne and by doing so raise as much as she can for children in developing countries. The goal is to help 60 children to have live saving heart operations that cost E12,000 each. Her sponsor will put up Euro 1 for each new like or share on her Facebook or Instagram pages. #samanthadavies or @samdavies_sailing or on Twitter @samanthadavies to follow, like or share on her official fan pages.
Alex Thompson is now back in the UK and will be with his family for Christmas. There have been 6 retirements so far out of the 33 starters. Jeremy Beyou in Charal is now in 22nd place having overtaken 5 boats. He had to return from off Cape Finisterre to Les Sables d’Olonne to complete repairs and restart 9 days after the others.
Never before have 5 boats been alongside (within 2 miles) each other at the mid way stage of a round the world race. Louis Burton in Bureau Valley has been piloting his drone to take pictures of Boris Herrmann and Seaexplorer and another had to alter course to avoid a collision! Catch more of the action here, on the official website and social media.
The leading pack in the Virtual Vendee Globe are now into the Pacific. Four LSC skippers are well up there in unbreakable boats and all in with a chance. Silver Sadler (Pete Hampson), Goldfinger 1 (Mike Golding), Golf Bravo Hotel (Greg Hirst) and GBR2386L (Andy Ormsby) are all in a line North South with Silverita ( Martin Sandford) close behind.