Thomson in final battle to the Vendee finish

Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) will face heavy weather in the busy shipping lanes of the Bay of Biscay on what could be his final day at sea. There is no rest for the British skipper, as he will have to keep his wits about him as he negotiates the extreme weather conditions, manages the galloping steed and avoids collision. He’ll be nursing the boat as the pressure mounts to an exciting conclusion and a potential British podium place in this seventh edition of the Vendée Globe.

Thomson: “At the beginning the Organisation were talking about 77 days and I thought that was ridiculous. How wrong I was. To finish in third place would be absolutely awesome, especially in the boat that I have got and that is what I aiming for. It’s highly unlikely that I’ll finish after 83 days but if I do it means I have a serious problem. I just want to get the boat to the finish. I am going to nurse her to the finish and look forward to my cheeseburger at the end.”

Thomson is expected to finish early Wednesday.

Vendee Globe - Rankings Tuesday, 29 January 2013, 05:00 hrs (UK)
1. Macif, François Gabart - Finished
2. Banque Populaire, Armel Le Clac'h, Finished
3. HUGO BOSS, Alex Thomson, 455 nm to finish
4. Virbac Paprec 3, Jean-Pierre Dick 729 nm
5. SynerCiel, Jean Le Cam, 2122 nm
6. Gamesa, Mike Golding, 2175 nm
7. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre, 2581 nm
8. AKENA Vérandas, Arnaud Boissières, 2715 nm
9. Acciona 100% EcoPowered, Javier Sansó, 2822 nm
10. Votre Nom Autour du Monde avec EDM Projets, Bertrand de Broc, 3092 nm
11. Initiatives-coeur, Tanguy De Lamotte, 3713 nm
12. Team Plastique, Alessandro Di Benedetto, 4594 nm

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29 January 2013 7:12 GMT