The Drômeois Jean-Claude Goudon, alias “Tigrou 26120”, took 69 days 22 hours and 16 minutes to tour the globe from his living room in Montélier.
More than a million players, a record, took part in the simulation game “Virtual Regatta” on the sidelines of the Vendée Globe, its promoters announced on Saturday.
This is the 4th edition of this virtual Vendée Globe in which the first competitors have just crossed the finish line.
The winner, the Frenchman Jean-Claude Goudon, aged 65, alias “Tigrou 26120”, took 69 days 22 hours and 16 minutes to tour the globe from his living room in Montélier (Drôme). The German Ronny Jesse (Tournesol II) and the French Maxime Thomas (Kerjouanno) completed the podium.
Congratulations to the winner of @VirtualRegatta
It was at 11h 18mn today that the French Jean-Claude Goudon – tigrou26120 – crossed the finish line in first position in the Virtual Vendée Globe. It took 68 days 22h 16mn to complete his virtual world tour. pic.twitter.com/dRgQfYuZ6i
– Vendée Globe (@VendeeGlobe) January 16, 2021
The game is free and available on computer, mobile and tablet. “The virtual Vendée Globe brings together an international community, it allows you to discover sailing and especially ocean racing to a wider audience.“, underlines its creator Philippe Guigné.”Four years ago, during the last edition of the Vendée Globe, we welcomed 450,000 players. For this new edition, we set ourselves a goal of one million players and we managed to cross this new milestone.“, he welcomed.
As for the “real” nautical race, the first competitors, who left Les Sables d’Olonne on November 8, are currently less than 3,500 miles from the finish and are braving the elements near the “Doldrums” , not far from Ecuador.
The first arrivals are scheduled for the last week of January.
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