Less than 3,400 miles from the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne, there is complete uncertainty as to the identity of the future winner of the Vendée Globe. A new change of leader occurred on Saturday January 16 since Louis burton (Bureau Vallée 2) took the lead. But it is only 3.1 nautical miles ahead of Charlie dalin (Apivia), or less than 5 kilometers. The four leading men are standing in less than 100 nautical miles, at the entrance to the Doldrums, an intertropical convergence zone with very uncertain wind conditions.
Burton was 43.6 miles ahead of the German Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer – Yacht club de Monaco), who closed the gap on the head, he who could become the first foreigner to win in this non-stop and unassisted round-the-world race, always won by a Frenchman since the first edition in 1990. Thomas Loud (LinkedOut), fourth, lost some ground at 93.1 miles (150 km) as did Damien Seguin (Groupe Apicil), fifth, at 120.4 miles.
There are only 25 boats left in the race, out of 33 at the start, after the announced abandonment of Sebastien Destremau (Thank you) who was in last place and is now heading to Dunedin, New Zealand.
Top 10 Saturday 5:00 p.m. GMT:
1. Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2) 3.316.1 miles from the finish
2. Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia) 3.1 miles behind the leader
3. Boris Herrmann (GER / Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) 43.6
4. Thomas Rouillard (FRA / LinkedOut) 93.1
5. Damien Seguin (FRA / Apicil Group) 120.4
6. Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître Coq IV) 127.4
7. Giancarlo Pedote (ITA / Prysmian Group) 206.5
8. Benjamin Dutreux (FRA / OMIA-Water Family) 256.1
9. Jean Le Cam (FRA / Yes we Cam!) 278.6
10. Maxime Sorel (FRA / V And B Mayenne) 633.7