Narrow Victory For Vendee Globe Sail Race Winner

Vendée Globe winning boat Maître Coq IV in Les Sables-d’Olonne

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The winner of the solo, non-stop around the globe Vendée Globe sailing race crossed the finish line early this morning at the French port city of Les Sables-d’Olonne.

The overall victor of the ninth edition of this often grueling race that covers some 24,300 nautical miles in 11-plus weeks is 48-year-old French skipper Yannick Bestaven in the boat Maître Coq IV. His last effort at this race, in the 2008-2009 edition, ended prematurely when his boat was dismasted hours after the event began.

Skipper Yannick Bestaven, winner of the Vendée Globe

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