The reefs are like my gears says happy Thomson

Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) reported Sunday: I'm feeling a lot happier this morning, the wind is more consistent with none of the 40 knot gusts of the last few days, and the seas are much better, less confused, and allowing me to surf down some waves which helps with maintaining good speeds.

I've been doing some maintenance on my reefing lines today, the lines used to make the main sail smaller. It's important to keep checking them for chafe as the reefs are like my gears, and without them all functioning properly its like driving a car with only one gear!

The routing still has me rounding Cape Horn in early January so I'll be seeing in the New Year in the Pacific, crossing back into the Atlantic early in 2013.

Thanks for all the messages over the past week, around Christmas and especially when the conditions are so harsh it's a real boost to hear from everyone on dry land!"

In fourth, Thomson (Hugo Boss) is 590 miles behind Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3), 1.5 days at current speeds. Around 1000 miles astern Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) is preparing to make the Pacific West gate which is 160 miles in front of him.

Vendee Globe - Top Ten Rankings Sunday 30 December 2012, 12:00 hrs (UK)
1. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Clac'h
2. Macif, François Gabart, 7.4 nm to the leader
3. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick 309 nm
4. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson, 899 nm
5. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 1932 nm
6. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 2349 nm
7. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 2393 nm
8. Acciona 100% EcoPowered, Javier Sansó, 2542 nm
9. AKENA Vérandas, Arnaud Boissières, 2770 nm
10. Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm, 2829 nm