Thomson and Dick recover miles on Vendee leaders

Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) continue their respective comebacks against the Vendée Globe’s leading duo Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) and François Gabart (Macif) who have been slowed by a transition zone of lighter winds. Dick has reduced his margin to the leader by 210 miles in 24 hours and was down to 430 miles behind Banque Populaire. Briton's Thomson, recovering 190 miles over that same period, is about 835 miles behind.

Jean-Pierre Dick and Alex Thomson have been reeling off relatively fast miles as they benefit from strong W’ly and NW’ly winds which are allowing them a much more direct, straight course towards the final safety gate of the course.

Forced south by an awkward transition zone of slack winds, race leader Le Cléac’h and Gabart make only modest speeds. With some 300 miles to make to the Pacific West gate Le Cléach is ahead of Gabart by just 12.7 miles this morning, the pair making between 13 and 15kts in light N’ly winds. Their speeds have risen slightly but their losses to their pursuers are expected to continue.

Vendee Globe - Top Ten Rankings Friday 28 December 2012, 08:00 hrs (UK)
1. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Clac'h
2. Macif, François Gabart, 2.7 nm to the leader
3. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick 430 nm
4. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson, 835 nm
5. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 1851 nm
6. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 2253 nm
7. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 2292 nm
8. Acciona 100% EcoPowered, Javier Sansó, 2622 nm
9. AKENA Vérandas, Arnaud Boissières, 2831 nm
10. Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm, 2887 nm