Armel Le Cléac’h wins the Vendée Globe 2016-17 in record time
Thursday 19 January 2017 –
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His time sets a new record Record #sailingrecord for the race, beating the previous record Record #sailingrecord of 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes set by French sailor Francois Gabart in the 2012-13 edition by 3 days, 22 hours and 41 minutes.
Le Cléac’h, the runner-up in the 2008-09 and 2012-13 editions of the Vendée Globe, covered 24,499.52 nm at an average speed Speed #speedsailing of 13.77 knots during the race, which began from Les Sables d’Olonne on November 6 last year.
The Vendée Globe, which was founded in 1989, follows the ’clipper route’ around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, Australia’s Cape Leeuwin and South America’s Cape Horn.
Second-placed Alex Thomson is expected to cross the finish line on his boat Hugo Boss around 12 hours behind Le Cléac’h.
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