"Finally back in the northern hemisphere at home. It's a nice feeling," reported Boris Herrmann on the evening of January 17th at 9:15 pm German time. That is, he had just crossed the zero degree of latitude with his "Seaexplorer - Yacht Cllub de Monaco". In the meantime, the 39-year-old first German skipper in the Vendée Globe has shortened the gap to front runner Charlie Dalin to 27 nautical miles. Herrmann was particularly surprised by the still fast sailing Louis Burton, who had even taken the lead on "Bureau Vallée 2" with smaller foils of the second generation and was the first to cross the equator.
With this picture from board, front runner Charlie Dalin deliberately serves symbolism and shows where he should go: always ahead … However, his hunters Louis Burton and Boris Herrmann are more and more bothering the "Apivia" skipper
The positions at the end of the 70th day at sea: Boris Herrmann continues to put the two boats in front of him under pressure and has shortened his gap to 27 nautical miles. The graphic shows it: the leading boats have crossed the equator
Burton's boat is the ex- "Banque Populaire VIII", on which Armel Le Cléac'h won the last edition of the Vendée Globe. The Verdier VPLP draft was launched in the summer of 2015 - just like Boris Herrmann's "Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco" (ex- "Edmond de Rothschild"), whose foils, in the right conditions, should surpass those of Burton. Herrmann said: "It's strange that Louis is so fast almost all the time. He has a boat similar to Giancarlo Pedote or Yannick Bestaven. We'll see how it goes in the Northeast Passat. At the moment we're sailing almost downwind, so we're playing the foils for the boat speed currently play a smaller role."
They should play a bigger role in the trade winds, which should directly follow the passage of the Innertropical Convergence Zone (ITC), also known as Doldrums. "I think we can reach the northeast trade winds quickly. Then it goes through the Azores high. And then I'll be back in our climatic zone. In three or four days," said Herrmann on Sunday night.
The last interview with Boris Herrmann on the 68th day at sea with Vendée Globe reporter and moderator Andi Robertson
At sea, the 70th day at sea came to an end for the Vendée Globe participants on Sunday morning. In the leading group, Yannick Bestaven (5th) swapped places for "Maître Coq IV" and Damien Seguin (6th) for "Groupe Apicil". This corresponds to the performance forecasts of their boats with smaller (Burton) and no foils at all (Seguin). Damien Seguin summed up the demanding conditions during the night as follows: "I'm under a storm cloud, but in the doldrums." Behind the duo, "King" Jean Le Cam ("Yes We Cam!") Has positioned himself eighth in the stern water of Giancarlo Pedote ("Prysmanian Group"). With 223 nautical miles behind Dalin, Benjamin Dutreux ("Omi-Water Family") also stayed in the leading group in ninth place.
Benjamin Dutreux does not seem to lack determination
Jérémie Beyou caught up again on "Charal". The former top favorite, who started the race nine days late, is now in 14th place. His deficit on Romain Attanasio ("Pure - Best Western Hotels and Resorts") was only around 600 nautical miles on Sunday morning. A few days ago it was far more than 1,000 nautical miles that separated the hunter and the partner of the exiled Sam Davies. As the best woman in the race, Clarisse Crémer defends her twelfth place after the retirement for Davies and the retirement of Isabelle Joschke ("MACSF") at the weekend, 1246 nautical miles behind the leading "Apivia".
Romain Attanasio captured the fantastically beautiful picture about 750 nautical miles east of the Brazilian coast on the course of the equator
THE VENDÉE GLOBE ON TV
If you want to watch the Vendée Globe on German television, you have two options this Sunday: The ZDF sports report reports from 5 p.m. on the solo circumnavigation with Boris Herrmann in an interview. And the NDR Sportclub also shows the German skipper and pictures from the marathon from 10:50 p.m. And here it goes to the tracker and the intermediate results.