Alex Thomson ( Hugo Boss) continues to lead the Vendée Globe

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Briton Alex Thomson , Hugo Boss, continues to lead the Vendée Globe

This Wednesday at 4:00 GMT, in the first classification of the day on Wednesday.
The first boats participating in the solo sailing around the world without stopovers or assists approach Ecuador.

Thompson is followed by Frenchman Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut), who continues to approach and is about 70 nautical miles away, and his compatriot Jean Le Cam (Yes We Cam!), Third at just over 110.

“Between the north of Brazil and the Gulf of Guinea, the first six ships have certainly slowed down, seeing the speedometers drop by around 10 knots, but for the moment, the crossing of the intertropical convergence zone seems to be proceeding without too much concern. ”Said the organizers on Wednesday morning, who reported that temperatures in the area are around 30 degrees.

The fleet has again 32 boats in competition after the French Jérémie Beyou (Charal), one of the favorites to win before the start of the regatta, rejoined the test again on Tuesday night after returning to the start from Les Sables d’Olonne to repair one of its damaged rudders after colliding with an unidentified object off the Galician coast during the third day.

The Frenchman spent his first night without a hitch and finds himself in the Bay of Biscay heading for a new front. “I am very careful and went a little south so as not to find myself too windy with the arrival of the front,” Beyou explained.

“It is a very rare situation because I am used to having competitors around me and at the moment I do not have the feeling of being in a race. I have to do my part of the way alone. It is also an introspective path ”, he assured.

Among the fleet is also Dídac Costa (One Planet One Ocean), the only Spanish participant in the regatta, who occupies 20th place 1,021 miles behind the leader.

Classification 4.00 h GMT

1. Alex Thomson (GBR / Hugo Boss) at 21,402.4 miles to go

2. Thomas Ruyant (FRA / LinkedOut) 69.9 miles from the leader

3. Jean Le Cam (FRA / Yes we Cam!) At 111.6

4. Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia) at 115.4

5. Kevin Escoffier (FRA / PRB) at 189.9

6. Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2) at 214.3

7. Boris Herrmann (ALE / Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) at 233.8

8. Samantha Davies (GBR / Initiatives-Coeur) at 235.4

9. Benjamin Dutreux (FRA / OMIA-Water Family) at 256.3

10. Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître Coq IV) at 282.7

20. Didac Costa (ESP / One Planet One Ocean) at 1,021.2