Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat), still awaiting the outcome of his fate, continues to pick his way through the Vendee Globe fleet, charging along at 19.2 knots in the early morning ranking. Another one bites dust as he races past Javier Sanso (Acciona 100% EcoPowered).
Week 8 Highlights of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe
From the back to the front, 5,105 miles separates Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique) and the current race leader, François Gabart (MACIF). With four of the fleet now racing in the South Atlantic and nine in the Pacific, the race is very different for each of the skippers. It is the weather that dictates the game. At the front they are deliberating how to negotiate the high upstream of Cape Horn and behind they are experiencing the turbulence of Pacific depressions.
Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) yesterday in the evening ranking, reduced the gap with François Gabart (MACIF) to 12 miles. This morning, however, it is no longer the case. Le Cléac’h’s slightly more northern trajectory has cost him a little as Gabart has shifted to the East of the high and gained more ground. Let us not forget that despite their lateral differences of around 120 miles, only 35 miles separate them, and their speeds are solid ranging from 12 to 15 knots.
Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) is sailing just south of the Falklands in 20 knots of wind from the west he continues to consider how to fix his hydrogenerator and claw back some miles from those ahead. To complete the course is his objective but there can be no doubt that a place on the podium would be his hearts desire.
Vendee Globe - Top Ten Rankings Saturday, 5 January 2013, 11:00 hrs (UK)
1. Macif, François Gabart
2. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Clac'h, 35 nm to the leader
3. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick 314 nm
4. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson, 669 nm
5. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 1925 nm
6. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 2285 nm
7. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 2366 nm
8. Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm, 2428 nm
9. Acciona 100% EcoPowered, Javier Sansó, 2461 nm
10. AKENA Vérandas, Arnaud Boissières, 2517 nm
5 January 2013 11:39 GMT