The Winner and Watch of Vendee Globe

Bestaven, winner of the Vendee Globe 2020-21, was wering a Ulysse Nardin, while lifting his cup.

“This is not a race for those who doubt themselves” said Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin. Also,  Bestaven admitted before the start: “My main quality? Stubbornness.” Bestaven’s first place proved his stubbornness. In the early hours of January 28th, fireworks lit up the night sky as the victorious Bestaven approached the pontoon at Les Sables d’Olonne on France’s Vendee coast. Yannick Bestaven takes the win in 80 days 3 hous 44 minutes and 46 seconds. French sailor’s watch was an Ulysse Nardin.

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Patrick Pruniaux ve Yannick Bestaven

Patrick Pruniaux is right what he said it, because there is no such thing as an easy Vendee Globe race. The Vendee Globe is one of the most difficult sports races in the world, and the 2020-21 race also was difficult. The starting line on November 8th, 2020 saw 33 skippers, 33 explorers, 33 free-spirited and crazy Ulysses, taking off from Les Sables d’Olonne, France. In the early hours of January 28th, fireworks lit up the night sky as the victorious Bestaven approached the pontoon at Les Sables d’Olonne on France’s Vendee coast. It was 4:09 AM.

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This was the second Vendee Globe for French skipper Yannick Bestaven. The 48-year-old, at the helm of the Maitre Coq IV, was the third across the finish line. He arrived nearly eight hours behind the leader but won because of the 10hr 15min time bonus he carried for helping rescue a competitor (Kevin Escoffier) off of the Cape of Good Hope. Charlie Dalin in Apivia was the first to arrive in the Sables d’Olonne, sailing into port after 80 days, six hours, 15 minutes and 47 seconds at sea. Dalin was followed by fellow Frenchman Louis Burton in Bureau Vallee 2, however they placed second and third due to Bestaven’s time bonus.

So, which Ulysse Nardin was wearing on his wrist while Bestaven lifting the cup? On the captain’s wrist, was a blue DIVER Chronometer 44mm. On Dalin’s wrist, who was the first to arrive in the Sables d’Olonne, a Diver X Cape Horn.

Ulysse Nardin Diver X Cape Horn
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Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer 44 mm