On day 50, the top two boats in the Vendée Globe Race have rounded Cape Horn and are making 16 knots past the Falkland Islands. Armel LE CLÉAC’H, the leader, has 6200 nautical miles to the finish. Alex Thompson is just 379 miles behind and has a very good chance of catching LeCleach now they are in the Atlantic. Jeremie Beyou, in third spot rounded Cape Horn today.
19 boats are still racing but 10 skippers have dropped out for a variety of damage. Two were dismasted, one smashed the hull open after hitting a container, another lost a rudder. In 19th place is Frenchman, Sebastian Destremau, but he is 7600 miles behind the leader. The leader is shown below.