On January 29 at 9:50 a.m. the French yachtsman Van den Heede finished first in Les Sables-d'olonne. His single voyage around the world lasted 211 days, 23 hours and 50 minutes.
Jean-Luc Van den Heede is 73 years old. He is the oldest yachtsman who has ever taken part in the GGR. It is the sixth single circumnavigation of the Frenchman. Jean-Luc took the leading position in GGR as soon as the race started at the Cape of Good Hope.
Mark Slats was then the second to Jean-Luc. When Van den Heede's ship capsized in the Southern ocean, Mark got a slight advantage. While the French yachtsman was repairing the mast on his own, Slats reduced the distance between them from 400 n.m to only 50 n.m.
The last place in top three is occupied by Uku Randmaa from Estonia. There left only 500 nautical miles for him to get to the equator.
Russian yachtsman Igor Zaretsky is on the 12th place of the General list.
All information and photos are taken from the official website of Golden Globe Race.