Hugo Boss takes the Hit

As Alex Thomson said - "at some point I will relinquish that position to Virbac and then another to Macif. There is nothing I can do, the cards have been dealt." - And at the 20:00 hr position report Thursday night Hugo Boss was back in fourth as Jean-Pierre Dick, Virbac Paprec 3 and François Gabart, Macif, took second and third behind Armel Le Clac'h, Banque Populaire. It continued through the night and Thompson was passed by Bernard Stamm, Cheminées Poujoulat, by the 04:00 report, with Jean-Pierre Dick cutting Armel Le Clac'h's lead to 55 nm this morning.

The roads are converging as they align back onto the great circle and shortest route: there is a 400 miles lateral gap between Virbac Paprec 3 and Banque Populaire but the distance this morning is less than 200 miles. On a port tack, with a steady wind, between 17-20 knots the IMOCA fleet are sailing with good speed towards the Gate of Aiguilles, around 1200 miles away, and are expected to arrive in less than four days.

Vendee Globe - Top Ten Rankings Friday 30 November 2012, 08:00 hrs (UK)
1. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Clac'h
2. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick, 55 nm to the leader
3. MACIF, Francois Gabart, 72 nm
4. Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm 131 nm
5 HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson, 132 nm
6. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 200 nm
7. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 254 nm
8. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 273 nm
9. Acciona 100% EcoPowered, Javier Sansó, 510 nm
10. AKENA Vérandas, Arnaud Boissières 753 nm

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29 November 2012 22:50 GMT