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Mike Golding finishes Vendée Globe in sixth position becoming only person in 24 year history of iconic race to successfully finish three times

mercredi 6 février 2013Redaction SSS [Source RP]

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C’est à 19 heures 38 minutes et 26 secondes, ce mercredi 6 février 2013, que Mike Golding a coupé le ligne d’arrivée du Vendée Globe, au large des Sables d’Olonne. 6è de cette édition 2012-2013 du tour du monde en solitaire, sans escale et sans assistance, le Britannique devient le premier skipper à terminer, en 24 ans d’histoire Histoire #histoire , ce parcours planétaire. Pour sa 4è participation sur cette course de légende, Mike Golding a parcouru 27 281 milles en 88 jours 06 heures 36 minutes et 26 secondes, à la vitesse Vitesse #speedsailing moyenne de 12,9 noeuds.

Mike Golding, skipper of Gamesa, crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe at 18:38:26 UTC/GMT on Wednesday 6 February in 6th place, becoming the first person in the 24 year history of the solo, non-stop, round the world race, to finish successfully three times. Golding completed the iconic course in 88 days 6h 36m 26s, racing over 27,281 miles.

"How does it feel to finish ? It is a relief ! It has not been the easiest of Vendée Globes, in fact it has been the hardest without any question because of the weather. The boat has been good, we have had a few problems, but the race itself has been hard for this group of boats [SynerCiel, Gamesa & Mirabaud] right up to the end, right up to Biscay. I had 50 knots in Biscay and I put the very small storm sail, the ORC up, for the first time. It is a relief to be in and for a number of reasons, which will become clear over the next few days.

"Yes, I am the first person to have completed the race successfully three times. Lots have competed in the Vendée, and lots multiple times. I have competed four times and finished three times and I have beaten the odds. The odds say that less than half of the boats will finish the Vendée Globe and I have beaten the odds in multiple races.

"I didn’t do this Vendée Globe, or any other, to stack up the numerical supremacy, I did them to compete, and to win it would have been a dream. I haven’t done that, but in pursuing that dream, I have made several others come true, including this one of having finished the race successfully three times. It’s an honour to hold that accolade."

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Vendée Globe Finishers

  • Mike Golding - four entries, three finishes, 7th in 2001, 3rd in 2004, 6th in 2013
  • Dominique Wavre - four entries, two finishes to date, 5th in 2001, 4th in 2005, TBC in 2013
  • Marc Thiercelin - four entries, two finishes, 2nd in 1997 and 4th in 2001
  • Raphael Dinelli - four entries, one finish, 12th in 2005

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