Vendee Globe - Leaders match racing to Cape Horn

The two pretenders at the front of the Vendee Globe, François Gabart (MACIF) and Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) are engaged in a match racing battle. Armel Le Cléac'h is pushing hard to the west to steal the advantage in the anticipated wind shift. Will it pay off? Caught in the dark days of dirty weather the six sailors approaching Cape Horn are still neck and neck. Last night, Arnaud Bossières (Akena Verandas) overtook Javier Sanso (Acciona 100% EcoPowered).Day 58 highlights

Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) is a happy sailor. His goal now is to pick miles off the leading duo. He knows he has a chance; a new race begins again for him with only 267 miles between him and the leader, François Gabart (MACIF).

Behind, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) on a westerly course sails the direct route with an impeccable VMG and good boat speed. He has covered 274 miles in 24 hours compared to 240 for François Gabart (MACIF).

Vendee Globe - Top Ten Rankings Monday, 7 January 2013, 07:00 hrs (UK)
1. Macif, François Gabart
2. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Clac'h, 64 nm to the leader
3. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick 257 nm
4. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson, 599 nm
5. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 1764 nm
6. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 2053 nm
7. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 2097 nm
8. Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm, 2115 nm
9. AKENA Vérandas, Arnaud Boissières, 2299 nm
10. Acciona 100% EcoPowered, Javier Sansó, 2301 nm