The Vendée Globe 2020 has provided many amazing memories of solo sailors taking on the challenge of sailing around the world alone. Although regulations have prevented the thousands-strong crowds to line the canal welcoming finishers into Les Sable-d’Olonne, the finishes were no less dramatic.
We’ve chosen our favourite pictures of the top 20 Vendée Globe finishers.
Charlie Dalin – Apivia – Line Honours and 2nd overall
Although Charlie took line honours in the race, he was ranked 2nd overall after redresses were awarded to fellow competitors Yannick Bestaven, Jean le Cam, Louis Burton and Boris Herrman after they altered course to render assistance to fellow sailor Kevin Escoffier.
Arrival date: 27/01/2021 19:35:47
Race time: 80d 06h 15m 47s
Yannick Bestaven –Maître CoQ IV – Overall Winner
It was touch and go to the finish between Yannick and Boris Hermann. Boris looked set to take the overall win when he struck a vessel, handing the overall win to Yannick.
Arrival date: 28/01/2021 03:19:46
Race time: 80d 03h 44m 46s
Louis Burton – Bureau Vallei 2 – 3rd
Although he had led for a portion of the race, he was very much eating up the miles away form the spotlight. The focus was on the big names upfront. His consistent sailing paid off to earn him a 3rd place.
Arrival date: 27/01/2021 23:45:12
Race time: 80d 10h 25m 12s
Jean Le Cam – Yes we Cam! – 4th place
Who can forget the dramatic images of Jean rendering assistance to Kevin Escoffier? The charismatic Frenchman received a hero’s welcome on finishing his race.
Arrival date: 28/01/2021 19:19:55Race time: 80d 13h 44m 55s
Boris Hermann – Sea Explorer Yacht club Club de Monaco – 5th place
We watched in horror as Boris lost his overall first position due to a collision with a vessel – just 90 miles from the finish. He managed to repair the boat and get over the line to secure him a 5th position overall.
Arrival date: 28/01/2021 10:19:45
Race time: 80d 14h 59m 45s
Clarisse Cremer – Banque Populaire – 12th place
The bubbly Clarisse finished in a remarkable 12th place, breaking Ellen McArthur’s record for a female finisher in the Vendée Globe. Her positive attitude through both good and bad times kept us entertained throughout the race.
Arrival date: 03/02/2021 15:44:25
Race time: 87d 02h 24m 25s
Jerémie Bayou – Charal – 13th place
Jerémie’s ranking is remarkable. He was forced to return to the mainland to fetch repairs within the first few hours of the start. He worked hard to claw his way up the rankings again. It’s incredible that he finished within the top 15.
Arrival date: 06/02/2021 08:15:58
Race time: 89d 18h 55m 58s
Pip Hare – Banque Populaire – 19th place
Pip’s story of her first ever solo-round the world race has drawn support and interest from all over the globe. Her honesty in her daily postings drew fans from far and wide. A few breakages and challenges kept her on her feet, but she pushed through managing to make the top 20.
Arrival date: 12/02/2021 00:57:30
Race time: 95d 11h 37m 30s
Didac Costa – One Ocean One Planet – 20th place
Reaching the top 20 is a huge mental achievement as well as a physical one. He raised awareness to his “One Ocean One Planet” campaign .
Arrival date: 13/02/2021 19:47:03
Race time: 97d 06h 27m 03s
See full rankings here.