Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) on the English version of Vendée Globe LIVE was delighted to report that he had a 100% charge on his batteries for the first time in weeks.
He was able to speak for the first time at length to his family and shorecrew. “I’m good. I’m in good shape. My batteries are 100%, which is a miracle, really. I had a few phone calls last night but it was very difficult to talk to my son Oscar as he is only three years old so he is not a great conversationalist.”
Day 65 highlights
After 9 weeks at sea, alone, the fatigue of the race is begin to toll on the mind, body and soul of the skippers. The tiredness can be heard in their voices. The bodies are beginning to fail. Arnaud Bossières (Akena Verandas) is suffering from salt blisters all over his hands and is in a lot of pain.
Blisters and salt water are not a great combination and of course, a working pair of hands is an essential piece of kit, when grinding, pulling ropes and being on deck. “I've been regularly putting cream on my hands because they're obviously having a tough time.” Said Arnaud Bossières, today in email report to the race office.
He’s not alone, Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) said today on the French version of Vendée Globe LIVE that he broke a rib somewhere around New Zealand. “Things are great, no bacteria problem for me! Physically speaking, I’m fine. Mentally, though, I’m not sure! I may have cracked a rib in the New Zealand area, or at least I got some sort of injury there, and it hasn’t completely healed yet. It’s still painful, especially when I’m lying on my side to sleep.”
Vendee Globe - Top Ten Rankings Monday, 14 January 2013, 04:00 hrs (UK)
1. Macif, François Gabart
2. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Clac'h, 263 nm to the leader
3. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick 708 nm
4. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson, 835 nm
5. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 18350 nm
6. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 1882 nm
7. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 2153 nm
8. AKENA Vérandas, Arnaud Boissières, 2175 nm
9. Acciona 100% EcoPowered, Javier Sansó, 2182 nm
10. Votre Nom Autour du Monde avec EDM Projets, Bertrand de Broc, 3551 nm
14 January 2013 6:11 GMT