Armel Le Clac'h regains lead of Vendee Globe

Armel Le Clac'h (Banque Populaire) regained the lead of the Vendee Globe shortly after the three leaders passed the Gate of Aiguilles, where François Gabart (MACIF) was first followed by Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3). At 08:00 GMT, this morning, there was only 19 nm separating the three leaders. Mike Golding (Gamesa) moves to sixth after Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) was forced to stop and dive under his boat to clear a fishing net from the keel. Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) crossed the gate this morning, his speeds are slowing and the gap between him and the front four slowly widens. Vendee Globe - Top Ten Rankings Monday 3 December 2012, 08:00 hrs (UK)1. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Clac'h 2. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick 2.8 nm to the leader3. MACIF, Francois Gabart, 19 nm 4. Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm 91 nm5. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson, 181 nm6. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 475 nm7. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 506 nm8. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 558 nm9. Acciona 100% EcoPowered, Javier Sansó, 946 nm10. AKENA Vérandas, Arnaud Boissières 1489 nm

Increased Ice threat

The race partner organizations specializing in satellite observations have discovered (the second ice gate, Crozet has been rising) an abnormal concentration of icebergs, around the Kerguelen Islands. The race direction of the Vendée Globe informed the skippers that a new gate called Amsterdam (40° 00 E 00S/077° - 40° S/084° 00 00 E) must now be passed. The objective is to protect the skippers by preventing the fleet heading too far south in search of better winds but instead discovering greater danger.