Mike Golding, skipper of Gamesa, crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe at 18:38:26 UTC/GMT on Wednesday 6 February in 6th place, becoming the first person in the 24 year history of the solo, non-stop, round the world race, to finish successfully three times. Golding completed the iconic course in 88 days 6h 36m 26s, racing over 27,281 miles.
Golding set out from Les Sables d'Olonne, with 19 other competitors on 10 November 2012 for the east-about race round the three Capes - Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn - unassisted and without stopping. The race has not been without issues for Golding who has dealt with damaged hydro generators, leaking ballast tanks, loss of a sail and, for the last week of the race, has managed to stem large amounts of water coming up into Gamesa through the keel box, after losing the keel fairing.
Golding concluded, "Would I do the Vendée Globe again? In another life!"