Louis Burton crossed the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope, 018 deg 29.85E, at 1708 UTC this evening to become the 11th skipper to enter the Indian Ocean. It was a big moment for Burton on Bureau Vallee, his first time solo in the Indian Ocean. Although he competed in the last edition of the Vendee Globe he had to retire very early in the race when he hit a trawler. He has plenty of IMOCA experience, competing in three Transat Jacques Vabre races, one Route du Rhum and the 2011 B to B.
Louis Burton passed Good Hope one day 19hrs and 58 mins after tenth placed Kito de Pavant and leads a peloton of nine boats trailing up to five hundred miles behind him.
The two leaders Armel Le Cleac'h and Alex Thomson are now 33 miles apart as they slant NE on port gybe.