Le Cleac’h Won Vendee Globe
France sailor Le Cleac’h maintained the domination of France in Vendee Globe sailing in the solo round-the-world.
Britain’s Alex Thomson gave a late challenge to Le Cleac’h that Cleac’h managed to bypass easily. Cleac’h not only won the race, but also created the record of completing the race in 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds.
Le Cleac’h participated in the Vendee Globe earlier as well in 2009 and in 2013, where he finished in second position. This time he secured the first position at the record time and also become the eighth sailor from France to win the Vendee Globe.
After winning the race, Cleac’h shared his feeling with these words “While in the race I never gave up, winning this race was very important to me, I wanted it badly.”Throughout the race, the weather was really bad giving lots of trouble to all competitors, but, I waited for the high tide to let me reach to the dry land navigating the channels. It was a difficult time, though, I hold my breath and kept the patience” He added.
After reaching the shore, Cleac’h was greeted by thousands of fans eagerly waited in freezing temperatures on the Atlantic Ocean in Les Sables d’Olonnne.
Le Cleac’h, has also broken the record Francois Gabart who won the Vendee Globe solo race in 2013. In 2013, Gabart set the mark for fastest sailing and Cleac’h broke it by 4 days.
In the Vendee Globe of 2016 solo run, total 29 sailors participated. Out of which 11 called the quit amid the race. The weather conditions throughout the race were very difficult. Cleac’h and other sailors, who secured position in the race, saw an outstanding courage to sail in the extreme conditions like this.