Armel Le Cléac’h arrives first in Vendée Globe race, beats record


The 39-year-old French skipper beat the previous round-the-world solo race without assistance record by by 3 days, 22 hours and 41 minutes, followed by second-placed British sailor Alex Thomson, trailing by about 12 hours after more than two months of high-seas adventure.

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Armel Le Cléac’h, 39, from Brittany, crossed the finish line of the race in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, at 15.37hrs UTC after 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds at sea on his 60ft racing yacht Banque Populaire VIII, reports Scuttlebutt.