Sails: retirement of Alex Thomson, one of the favorites of the Vendée Globe

He gives up. “Not being able to repair his starboard rudder”, Alex Thomson “Abandon the Vendée Globe” and “Go on route to Cape Town”. On Saturday afternoon, November 28, the organizers of the single-handed round the world race announced the retirement of one of the competition’s favorites. The Briton had passed the equator in the lead ten days after the departure of the fleet on November 8. Saturday morning, he was in 13th place in the standings. For a short week, he had been encountering structural problems on his latest generation boat (Hugo Boss). Friday evening, he was trying to get back into the race when he noticed the damage to the rudder, which led him to make this difficult decision.

Brand new boat

The Welshman gives up for the third time in five appearances. He had already retired in 2004 and then in 2008 before finishing third in 2013 and second in the last edition in 2017.

Vendée Globe: “The dismasting is the worst”
The 46-year-old skipper was at the helm of a brand new black and pink boat of the latest generation, which can almost fly thanks to the foils (large side appendages). His boat, which is part of a fleet of eight new sailboats, is packed with electronics. It is the only one to have a completely closed cockpit.

At the last score, the classification was dominated by Frenchman Charlie Dalin, ahead of Thomas Rettant and Jean Le Cam. One of the other big favorites, at the start of the Vendée Globe, is in last place. Jérémy Beyou, also a victim of damage, had chosen to turn back to repair and restart 9 days after the other competitors.

Second chance Vendée Globe for Jérémie Beyou


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