The damage multiply on the Vendée Globe, with the dropouts of Kito de Pavant and Sébastien Josse. At 9 am, Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) still leading the fleet with 134 miles ahead of Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss)
There has been a funny atmosphere in the Vendée Globe the last few days. The damages are linked and the Indian Ocean is not a gift. Yesterday is Kito de Pavant who was scared. After striking a unidentified floating object, the skipper of Bastide Otio was successfully rescued last night by the Marion Dufresne. Later in the morning, Sébastien Josse informed the leadership that his race had stopped, due to a port foil damaged too.
The good news of the day came from Eric Bellion (Commeunseulhomme) who, after Tuesday, when he reported a damaged rudder, he succeeded in the repair in the afternoon after 8 hours of effort, and resumed his journey. More good news, the one from Thomas Ruyant. Victim of damage on Wednesday morning at his port side ballast, he has also managed some DIY and resumed his race in the early evening.
So at 9 am on Thursday, the differences were not disrupted in the lead. Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) slightly increased his lead (134 miles) on Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss).
With the abandonment of Sébastien Josse, Paul Meilhat (SMA) is currently in line for a podium place, although third place is more than 1200 miles from the leader.