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Vendée Globe

It was at 2000 hours, 4 minutes and 20 seconds GMT on Sunday 13 March 2005 that the 60 foot monohull Benefic skippered by Karen LEIBOVICI crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe.
The race time to make the 23,680 miles was 126 days, 8 hours, 2minutes and 20 seconds at an average theoretical speed across the course of 7.81 knots. Karen becomes the fourth woman in history to have officially completed the Vendée Globe after Catherine CHABAUD (FRA), Ellen MacARTHUR (GBR) and Anne LIARDET (FRA). She is the final competitor to finish the Vendée Globe.

References (GMT):

Start and finish: Les Sables d'Olonne (France)
Number of miles to cover: 23,680 miles
Start date: Sunday 7 November 2004 at 1202 GMT
Date of first arrival: Vincent RIOU on PRB on Wednesday 2 February 2005 at 22 hours 49 minutes and 55 seconds.
LEIBOVICI's Race time: 126 days, 8 hours, 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
Delay behind winner: 38 days, 21 hours, 14 minutes and 25 seconds.

LEIBOVICI's Race on Benefic:

Passage of the equator (outward trip): 21 November 2004 at 1730 GMT 14 days, 5 hours and 28 minutes
Passage of the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa): 10 December 2004 at 1830 GMT after 33 days, 6 hours and 28 minutes
Passage of Cape Leeuwin (Australia): 30 December 2004 at 1045 GMT after 52 days, 22 hours and 43 minutes
Passage of Cape Horn (Chile): on 30 January 2005 at 0830 GMT after 83 days, 20 hours and 28 minutes
Passage of the equator (return): on 21 February 2005 at 0400 GMT after 105 days, 15 hours and 58 minutes

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Benefic:© Benoît Stichelbaut/DPPI/Vendée Globe
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