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Le Cléac'h is second to complete round-the-world race

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-02-07

After 89 days at sea, France's Armel Le Cléac'h (Brit Air) finished the solitary round-the-globe race in second place. The youngest of the 11 skippers still competing in the gruelling race, Le Cléac'h sailed into port five days after the winner.

Brit Air completed the famous non stop solo round-the-world without assistance race in a 17-22-knot breeze cheered home by a spectator fleet out on the water enjoying the winter sunshine and braving the chill of the early morning.

At the age of 31, a newcomer to the Vendée Globe, he takes second place in this 6th edition, crossing the finish line 5 days 6 hours and 30 minutes behind the winner, Michel Desjoyeaux.

His theoretical speed was 11.57 knots. Having sailed 27,233 miles, his real average speed was 12.69 knots. His second place in the rankings will not be confirmed until 71 hours have passed to take into account the difference between his 11 hours of redress for going to the help of Jean le Cam and the 82 hours granted to Marc Guillemot for his involvement in the rescue of the injured Yann Eliès.

Date created : 2009-02-07