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 leader
3. MACIF, Francois Gabart, 19 nm
4. Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm 91 nm
5. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson, 181 nm
6. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 475 nm
7. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 506 nm
8. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 558 nm
9. Acciona 100% EcoPowered, Javier Sansó, 946 nm
10. 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.
3 December 2012 8:17 GMT