Yannick’s best shot sees him breeze in to becalm Charlie

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Yannick’s best shot sees him breeze in to becalm Charlie

Charlie Dalin was first over the line in the Vendée Globe, but Yannick Bestaven’s time gave him the win

Sports reporter

The sporting event that arguably exacts the greatest physical and mental toll on its participants finished early on Thursday morning. It is unlikely, however, to dominate headlines.

You may be unaware of the event that takes competitors to the extremities of human endeavour for a number of reasons. The sport is considered a niche, if not elitist, pursuit, isn’t exactly tailored for mass audiences, attracts mostly Frenchmen and women, hasn’t found mass appeal outside France and took the winner around the world for 80 days.

Despite the foggy rules that govern open-ocean racing, the finish proved as captivating as the almost three months that preceded it...

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