Leader Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) rounded Cape Horn to face a final climb back up the Atlantic to the finish line. Desjoyeaux is now 120 miles ahead of second-placed Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement).
AFP - Vendee Globe round-the-world race leader Michel Desjoyeaux rounded Cape Horn early Monday sweeping into the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific.
The Frenchman passed the famous landmark 56 days 14 hours and 8 minutes after a 30-strong flotilla left the French Atlantic port of Les Sables d'Olonne on November 9 seeking victory in the most prestigious of ocean-going races.
Desjoyeaux, who won the 2000/2001 edition of the race, next faces a final climb back up the Atlantic to the finish line.
He is currently just over 100 nautical miles ahead of second placed compatriot Roland Jourdain, who will likely be next to round Cape Horn
"It was night when I rounded Cape Horn and I was unable to see it," Desjoyeaux said.
"I am just glad to get it behind me because for us it means an end to the southern seas and that means less wind and big seas."
Leading standings at 0400 GMT Monday
1. Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA/Foncia) 7,093.9 nautical miles from the finish
2. Roland Jourdain (FRA/Veolia Environnement) at 103.5 miles
3. Jean Le Cam (FRA/VM Materiaux) 473.6
4. Vincent Riou (FRA/PRB) 710.2
5. Armel Le Cléac'h (FRA/Brit Air) 732.3
Date created : 2009-01-05