Armel le Cleac'h, winner of the Vendée Globe 2016
His record: 74 days 03 hours 35 minutes 46 seconds
ARMEL LE CLÉAC'H WINS THE 8TH VENDÉE GLOBE ON BANQUE POPULAIRE VIII
His goal, this third time sailing the Everest of the Seas, was to win this pinnacle of all races, and he pulled it off with a record time at the finish: 74 days 03 hours 35 minutes 46 seconds!
The 39 year-old Breton sailor from Saint-Pol-de-Léon came second twice (in 2008 and 2012), but now belongs to the small group of illustrious skippers to have won this unique race round the world non-stop. He crossed the finishing line on Thursday 19 January 2017 at 16:37:46 UTC+1.
Photo credit : Jean-Marie LIOT - Vincent CURUTCHET
RELIVE THE FINISH
ALEX THOMSON ON HUGO BOSS, SECOND
15 hours 59 minutes and 29 seconds later, on the morning of Friday 20th January, Alex Thomson reached Sables d’Olonne. Alex Thomson, the British sailor, came second in the Vendée Globe 2016-2017 and broke the record for the second best time in the history of the event. It was his fourth time taking part (3rd in 2013, retired in 2004 and 2008). He remained a threat to Armel right to the very end!