If Charlie Dalin was the first to cross the finish line on Wednesday evening, it was Yannick Bestaven, who arrived on the third Thursday at 4:19 am, who won this solo round-the-world race after a compensatory time deduction for having rescued Kevin Escoffier on November 30.

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Yannick Bestaven (Maître Coq IV) crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe on Thursday in third position but was declared the winner due to compensation he was receiving for having taken part in the rescue of Kevin Escoffier.

Charlie Dalin (Apivia) was the first to complete the round-the-world tour on Wednesday at 8:35 p.m., followed by Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2) four hours later, but neither of them was concerned by compensations and they therefore finished second and third respectively in the solo round the world race.

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Information to remember:

  • Charlie Dalin was the first to cross the Vendée Globe finish line at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday

  • Yannick Bestaven, third to cross the line, rose to the top of the standings after a compensatory time deduction

  • A time in contention for the trophy, the German Boris Herrmann hit a fishing boat

The compensation game after the rescue of Kévin Escoffier

Yannick Bestaven, who arrived in Les Sables-d'Olonne at 4:19 a.m. Thursday, benefited from 10 hours and 15 minutes of compensation, deducted from his race time after being diverted to assist Kévin Escoffier on November 30.

On November 8, Yannick Bestaven took the start for the second time in the legendary world tour.

The very first time, in 2008, left him with painful memories.

The day after the start, he had dismasted in the Bay of Biscay and had to retire after thirty hours of racing.

A sad record.

In the lead for almost a month, he was the first to pass Cape Horn.

But the party was short-lived, stuck in a windless area, he saw his rivals pounce on him and overtake him.

Discouraged, almost distraught, he gave the impression of giving up.

Instead, he got back into the race. 

Charlie Dalin's Joy

At 36, Charlie Dalin completed his first round the world trip with panache, after having braved the raging elements in a great solitude that suited him well, during the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe.

"It's really a magical race, it's sure that it changed me, I don't know how yet (...) it's so many emotions, it's incredible emotions, it's are emotions of a force that I had never felt before (...) ", he declared Wednesday evening.

Before adding: "It's really quite normal that the riders who got confused have benefited from bonuses, afterwards I'm not sure that the positions have really been changed. There was so much return from behind, of twists and turns, I think the fleet would have been pretty much in the same place even without them spending time to get Kevin back, but there's no problem, it's part of the sport, it's part of the solidarity between sailors ".

To everyone who has followed us since the early days, Charlie has a message for you!


- Apivia Voile - Charlie Dalin (@ApiviaVoile) January 27, 2021

Louis Burton, second to cross the finish line

Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2) was the second to cross the Vendée Globe finish line at Sables-d'Olonne on Thursday after 80 days, 10 hours, 25 minutes and 12 seconds at sea. He was taking part in his third Vendée Globe , crossed the line at 00:45 and 12 sec very precise, that is to say 4 hours, 9 minutes and 25 seconds after Charlie Dalin 

The German Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) who was vying for the victory struck a fishing boat on Wednesday evening and his arrival is now estimated Thursday "in the afternoon", according to the organization of the race.