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A toast to solo rounding of Cape of Good Hope

In the Vendee Globe, there has been champagne for the boat and a little for the skipper as the effervescent Italian sailor Alessandro Di Benedetto celebrated his passage of the Cape of Good Hope in the time-honored fashion, spraying more on the decks of his trusted IMOCA Open 60 Team Plastique than he consumed himself.

Though he has had his small problems to deal with in recent days, Di Benedetto remarked that his boat in perfect shape, ready to take on the remaining two great Capes. With his transit of Good Hope all 13 Vendée Globe competitors are now in the Indian Ocean.

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