VENDEE GLOBE – Beyou (Maître CoQ) has reached the Cape Verde islands and will look for a sheltered spot to assess whether he can find a more permanent way of securing his keel. His team say he is heading to Mindelo.
At the last ranking on Sunday, 2000hrs (French time), the only change in position came at the back of the fleet where Javier Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) began his comeback after going up his mast on Friday evening by passing Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives Cœur) to move into 13th place. Sansó, 755 miles behind the leader, lost around two days making repairs after his mainsail came down but he is in a fast, new generation boat, and has the potential to work his way back.
There was almost no change at the front with front six boats and the pack of three behind them all making 14-15 knots as the northeast trade wind dropped to 12 knots. Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) held his 62 mile lead over Francois Gabart (Macif).