Vendée Globe Leaders are 1300 Miles from Finish Line

Alone. Nonstop. Around the World. No Assistance. That is the Vendée Globe.

So after sailing since November 6th, the 2 leaders, Armel Le Cléac’h and Alex Thomson, are about to race a match race to the finish. News – Throttles down in sprint to Vendée Globe finish – Vendée Globe 2016-2017

The skippers, split by just 95 nautical miles, were eating up the 1,300nm standing between them and the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, as they try to squeeze every last bit of speed from their foiling IMOCA 60 raceboats.

At the 1400 UTC position update British skipper Thomson, who led the race through most of its early stages, had a narrow speed advantage as he hurtled north on Hugo Boss at 24 knots. French skipper Le Cléac’h, who has topped the rankings since December 2, was more than two knots slower as he closed in on the Azores. With the ETA in Les Sables currently Thursday, the Vendée Globe is shaping up to go right down to the wire.

The following video is a brief interview with Alex Thomson.