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Vendee Globe - Thompson drops back

As Alex Thomson alluded to Tuesday afternoon and in his recent video, his time at the top of the table has proved transient.

Hugo Boss has dropped to seventh Wednesday morning as the lead yo-yos between the tight leading group.

Armel Le Cléac’h is back in the lead extending to 26 nm this morning.

Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac, Paul Meilhat on SMA, Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq and Vincent Riou on PRB all in the leading group.

Paul Meilhat on SMA made a good gain from his classical investment in the west as the leaders pass the latitude of Gibraltar.

Everyone is converging towards Madeira, but no one seems to know which side of the islands to go.

These volcanic mountains can disturb the wind considerably in direction and strength.

If the wind veers to the north before midday, the leaders will be able to get around the outside, but if the variable wind remains westerly, it may be more interesting to sail down between Madeira and the Canaries.

They should pass Madeira tonight before the winds build to 15-20kts.

LEADING POSITIONS at 06:00 hrs Thursday:

1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 23392 nm
2. Vincent Riou on PRB - DTL 10 nm
3. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 27 nm
4. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 34 nm
5. Morgan Lagraviere on Safran - DTL 35 nm
6. Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild - DTL 36 nm
7. Alex Thomon on Hugo Boss - DTL 41 nm
8. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 49 nm
9. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 50 nm

Fleet spread is now 331 nm back to Sebastien Destremau.

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