The Frenchman Bestaven wins the Vendee Globe race after a time bonus

(Reuters) – Frenchman Yannick Bestaven was named the winner of the Vendee Globe crusing around the globe early on Thursday after receiving a time bonus of over 10 hours for his position in rescuing a fellow competitor.

The 48-year-old aboard the “Maitre CoQ IV” completed with a time of 80 days, 13 hours, 59 minutes and 46 seconds and crossed the road after compatriots Charlie Dalin and Louis Burton at Les Sables d’Olonne, France.

A time compensation of 10 hours and quarter-hour for his position within the rescue of the Frenchman Kevin Escoffier – whose boat sank through the race – meant that Bestaven completed with a greater time than Dalin and Burton, who completed second and third.

“I really feel like I am dwelling a dream, hallucinating,” Bestaven mentioned as fireworks lit up the sky. “We’re going from whole loneliness to this, to this get together, to those lights.”

Bestaven was certainly one of 4 skippers requested to search out Escoffier, who was ultimately rescued in heavy seas off the Cape of Good Hope, greater than 11 hours after his boat broke in two on November 30 final yr.

Germany’s Boris Herrman counted for a podium place on Wednesday, however his hopes light when he hit a fishing boat about 150 km from the end line.

The Vendee Globe is held each 4 years and is an endurance race that begins and ends in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. The 2020-21 competitors is the ninth version.

(Report by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; edited by Peter Rutherford)

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