Roland Jourdain takes third in the Vendee Globe

A very happy Roland Jourdain crossed the line in third place on the 13th February

Tuesday February 13th 2001, Author: Gerald New, Location: United Kingdom
Roland Jourdain (Sill Matines La Potagère) crossed the finish line at 16:13:33 pm, which is 96 days, 1 hour , 2 minutes and 33 seconds for the Vendee Globe. And Ellen MacArthur was there to welcome the third sailor home in this fourth edition of the Vendée Globe.
Jourdain's first words to the huge crowds:

"I have the feeling my life was "in brackets" for three months. It’s hard to imagine how beautiful and fantastic it is."

"I am satisfied... happy to be here today, 3rd or 2nd...I am happy of the little cherry on the top with my 24 hours record (435,3 miles in 24 hours). It's true that we wanted to win when we first started this project. It's over now, but I think I'm fine with the idea now."

"It was hard to live the month of December with the broken rail mast. I was very happy with my boat, and then I got this. It hurt me a lot. But part from that I am in peace with my conscience. It's true that I will wake up one or two times with a bad feeling in my heart and a voice saying in myself "I could have done it".

"I can't wait to see my daughter! How will I manage to see my family in what's going to happen... We'll have to deal with that! See you later!"

Latest positions polled at 1000hrs (GMT)

1 PRB, Michel Desjoyeaux : 10 February 2008hrs 32 sec
2 Kingfisher, Ellen MacArthur : 11 February 2036hrs 40 sec
3 Sill Matines & La Potagère, Roland Jourdain 13 February 1613hrs 33sec
4 Active Wear Marc Thiercelin +988
5 Union Bancaire Privée Dominique Wavre +1337
6 Sodebo Savourons la Vie Thomas Coville +1489
7 Whirlpool Catherine Chabaud +1932
8 Team Group 4 Mike Golding +2835
9 EBP - Défi PME - Gartmore Josh Hall +2989
10 Voilà.fr Bernard Gallay +3046
11 Nord Pas de Calais - Chocolats du Monde Joe Seeten +3316
12 VM Matériaux Patrice Carpentier +3317
13 Simone Bianchetti +4799
14 Aquitaine Innovations Yves Parlier +5724
15 DDP - 60ème Sud Didier Munduteguy +6460
16 Wind Pasquale de Gregorio +7637

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