For a long time it looked as if the Englishman Mike Golding could still come out on top of the field at the fourth RegattVendée Globe Challenge with his Open 60 "Ecover". Each time, however, breakage was the reason why the project failed.
After the major fall broke several times, it cracked a good 52 nautical miles from the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, and the keel began to wobble. A short time later it fell off completely. However, the spectacular case had no impact on the results. After the first two, the "PRB" with Vincent Riou in a new record time and the "Bonduelle" (Jean le Cam), were at the finish and Golding's pursuer was several hundred nautical miles in the wake, the "Ecover" succeeded by extremely shortening the sails and flooding the two ballast tanks to get stability into the boat Finally, the fast yacht crept across the finish line at 3:17 a.m. on Friday morning at two knots, finishing third. "I'm happy to be at the finish, I'm happy that I finished third," said Golding, visibly exhausted after crossing the finish line. He crossed the finish line one day, four hours and 27 minutes after the winner. On the trip over 23,680 nautical miles, the "Ecover" managed an average speed of 11.23 knots.