The yacht race Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’Olonne set off on 4 July, replacing two earlier events cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Charting a triangular course between the Sables d’Olonne, the Arctic Circle and the Azores, the race constitutes the last qualifier for the Vendée Globe, which will now be launched on Sunday 8 November.
Currently 1,339.3 nautical miles from the finish, everything has changed in the provisional overall rankings. On the morning of 10 July, German yachtsman Boris Herrmann on board Seaexplorer -Yacht Club de Monaco took the lead in this unprecedented solo race,
Since the start, the competitive Herrmann has remained consistently in the peloton of the top seven. He took the lead overnight, opting with Kévin Escoffier (PRB) and Sam Davies (Initiatives Coeur) for an unconventional route further to the west of the more direct line.
Of the twenty in the original fleet, seventeen ‘Imoca’ monohulls are still in the race. They are now headed due south, aiming for the second waypoint, located in the Atlantic at the latitude of Les Sables d’Olonne, and facing an uncertain future in light winds.
Meanwhile, the battle continues between Thomas Ruyant, Jérémie Beyou, Kévin Escoffier, Charlie Dalin, Sam Davies and Boris Herrmann. The six sailors are bunched together within 10 nautical miles of each other. There’s all to fight for!