After the victory of Armel Le Cléac’h in the Vendée Globe, Les Sables d’Olonne welcomes this Friday morning Alex Thomson. The Hugo Boss skipper crossed the finish line at 8.37am. His time: 74 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes, 15 seconds. The gap with Armel Le Cléac’h: 15 hours, 59 minutes, 29 seconds.
Fans of the Vendée Globe have barely recovered from their emotions last night, with the triumphant arrival of the winner Armel Le Cléac’h, they already host Alex Thomson. After a difficult approach to the Vendée coast, the skipper of Hugo Boss crossed the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne Friday morning at 8.37am. His time: 74 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes, 15 seconds. The gap with Armel Le Cléac’h: 15 hours, 59 minutes, 29 seconds.
Third in the previous edition after two retirements in 2004 and 2008, the Welshman, great leader of this Vendée Globe 2016-2017, has this time taken second place. Handicapped by the loss of a foil in the descent of the Atlantic, with weather files reception problems and autopilot problems, Alex Thomson was unable to fully exploit the tremendous potential of his machine, that many consider to be the fastest in the fleet.