Hugo Boss still in ‘shut down’ mode

François Gabart (Macif) continues to lead the Vendee Globe, but by just 6 nm from Armel Le Clac'h (Banque Populaire) at the 11:00 hrs report Thursday. Still without the use of one of his hydrogenerators, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) is still in ‘shut down’ mode, turning on the power as little as possible in order to conserve as much as he can until he is able to put the working hydro into use. His daily updates continue every morning. But the phone calls have, for the moment, stopped.Vendee Globe - Top Ten Rankings Thursday 13 December 2012, 11:00 hrs (UK)1. Macif, François Gabart2. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Clac'h, 6 nm to the leader3. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick 137 nm4. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson, 328 nm5. Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm, 395 nm6. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 1107 nm7. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 1197 nm8. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 1410 nm9. Acciona 100% EcoPowered, Javier Sansó, 1773 nm10. AKENA Vérandas, Arnaud Boissières, 1637 nm

Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss): "Overnight I have had very stable winds from the NE and it continues this morning with relatively flat water. Despite losing miles to the leaders I welcome the chance to go on deck without full wet weather gear, do my checks and hopefully get some repairs done today. I would like to try and get some laminate on the rudder cassette today but currently I have some rain so will have to wait until it is dry."

"My easterly route for the short term has proved to be correct with Stamm being overtaken by the ridge of high pressure and having to turn to follow my route. My plan is still the same, try and hook up with Claudia and head SE as quick as possible. The weather models are in agreement on the whole but some details are not the same and so I have to keep a careful eye on proceedings and adjust my course accordingly."

"I feel like normal now after getting a lot of rest over the last few days and managing to eat more than normal. I need to take the opportunity while the conditions are benign to get on with the job."

Mike Golding (Gemesa): "It was going OK and I thought I had got through OK, but now the breeze has dropped completely and I am stuck. Until something changes I am stuck here. The frustrating thing is I can almost see the new breeze ahead, it is that close, I just cant get there," said Golding this morning.

"It is a huge disadvantage. My worry is Jean Le Cam will now step away as he can get back to the wind to the south of him and get back on starboard. It has been tough. The routing has changed all the time. My only hope is Jean has stopped and the north works."