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Around the World in 80 Days
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 27, 2021 06:57PM
“ Frenchman Charlie Dalin crossed the line first in the Vendee Globe on Wednesday night after eighty days at sea, yet could not be declared the winner until two other sailors finished in an unprecedented ending to the solo round-the-world race.

The 36-year-old Dalin arrived at 8:30 p.m. local time in his 60-foot monohull Apivia at Les Sables-d’Olonne in west-central France, situated on the Atlantic Ocean. “

“ But he had to wait before officially celebrating his first triumph, because German yachtsman Boris Herrmann, who was in third, and Frenchman Yannick Bestaven in fifth, had not yet crossed the line.

Those two will get several hours knocked off their overall finish times for helping in the search and rescue of Kevin Escoffier, who capsized 200 miles west of Cape Horn in late November.

Hermann was to have six hours removed while Bestevan was getting 10 hours, 15 minutes shaved off.

They were both due to arrive in the early hours of Thursday morning.

But Herrmann’s chances took a blow when he collided with a fishing boat in the Bay of Biscay late on Wednesday night, around 90 nautical miles from the end, and had to slow down because of a damaged starboard foil.

Jean Le Cam, who sheltered Escoffier on his yacht, was getting more than 16 hours back. But he was in eighth place when Dalin arrived and considered too far back in the running to challenge for victory.

The three sailors diverted course to help search for Escoffier and an independent race jury panel accounted for how much time and distance they lost.

The race, held every four years, also starts from Les Sables-d’Olonne.

It takes sailors around South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin in western Australia and South America’s Cape Horn, over some 24,000 nautical miles (about 44,500 kilometers). “

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Re: Around the World in 80 Days
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 28, 2021 12:32AM
Quite an achievement. Found a photo of his boat:

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Re: Around the World in 80 Days
Posted by: davester
Date: January 29, 2021 07:57PM
Very cool looking boat. It's interesting that the starboard hydrofoil is cranked up above the water. I'm guessing that only the leeward hydrofoil is kept in the water and that they fly the windward hull when at speed.

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