Frenchman Michel Desjoyeaux has won the gruelling Vendée Globe around-the-world solo yacht race after crossing the finish line at the French port of Les Sables d'Olonne on Sunday in a record time of 84 days.
As leader Michel Desjoyeaux sails off the coast of Portugal, he is expected to cross the finish line victorious on Sunday. Second-placed Roland Jourdain (pictured) has a keel problem and doesn't know if he'll make the end of the race.
French skipper Michel Desjoyeaux will probably set a new record in the Vendée Globe round-the-world yachting race. He commands a 800-mile lead on second-place Roland Jourdain's Veolia Environnement and may arrive next week-end.
The Vendée Globe organisers have ruled that retired French skipper Vincent Riou will be ranked as equal third at the close of the round-the-world race. Riou pulled out after his boat was damaged as he sought to rescue rival Jean Le Cam.
Vendee Globe contender Vincent Riou was forced to pull out of the race after losing his mast rounding Cape Horn. Hours earlier the Frenchman rescued fellow yachtsman Jean Le Cam who was stuck beneath his capsized boat.
The boat of Vendée Globe skipper Jean Le Cam (VM Materiaux) was seen capsised and a second distress mayday signal was received from him. Race organizers told a press conference they believe Le Cam is still alive and under the yacht.
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).