Bestaven was the third sailor to cross the end line in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, however a jury awarded him a time compensation of 10 hours and quarter-hour for helping to rescue stricken competitor Kevin Escoffier earlier within the race.
Bestaven, skipper of Maître CoQ IV, achieved a ending time of 80 days, 13 hours, 59 minutes and 46 seconds after his position within the rescue operation was taken under consideration.
The 48-year-old was two hours, 31 minutes and one second in entrance of Charlie Dalin and 6 hours, 40 minutes and 26 seconds in entrance of Louis Burton — each of whom completed forward of Bestaven however have been awarded second and third respectively.
“You go from total solitude to this, to this party, to these lights, these people who are there despite the complicated context, I don’t realize what’s going on.
“I’m nonetheless in my race. It’s a baby’s dream.”
The 24,296-mile Vendée Globe, known as the “Everest of the seas,” is a grueling, solo endeavor where sailors battle tempestuous weather and extreme loneliness.
The 2020/21 race was the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe with a record 33 skippers taking to the start line on November 8.
“You have to look deep down inside your self,” added Bestaven. “These boats are tense, noisy, and life on board is troublesome. There are additionally occasions you are feeling lonely.
“This result is beyond my expectations.”