Offshore

Penalty decision for Vendee Globe skippers

Following a protest from both Hugo Boss and the Race Committee, the jury's decision is as follows: Synerciel, Mirabaud, Acciona, Initiatives Coeur and Energa are given a 2-hour penalty. Gamesa is given a 30-minute penalty. Virbac Paprec 3 is given a 20-minute penalty. The international Race Jury's decision is regading the way they sailed in or through the Finisterre Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Details regarding the penalty implementation will be determined by the Race Management in consultation with the skippers.

Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) has turned north to complete his two-hour penalty and will meet Dominique Wavre (Mirabaud), who has just completed his.

There were no changes in position since the last ranking at 16:00 hrs (French time). The top six have all kept pace in a 12-knot south-easterly breeze as they head for Brazil. Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) leads Francois Gabart (Macif) by 38.4 miles and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), in sixth, is just 27 miles behind Gabart.

Matthew Pryor
21 November 2012 13:42 GMT


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