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Thomson takes Vendee Globe lead

At the 22:00 hrs report Saturday, Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss took the lead of the Vendee Globe from Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII.

Alex Thomson has now taken a 35 mile lead at the head of the Vendee Globe fleet making the bold decision to pass through the Cape Verde Islands.

At 17:00 hrs Saturday the British skipper of Hugo Boss made two successive gybes close to the south side of the island of Santo Antao and emerged with the race lead.

At the same time Armel Le Cleac'h who took the lead from Thomson last Tuesday evening had to gybe to the west after getting to within 10 miles of the high land on its west coast.

Le Cleac'h then gybed back alongside rival Vincent Riou (PRB) - just two miles apart - and the French duo are now duelling side by side behind Thomson.

Meantime Tanguy de Lamotte who reported a problem at the masthead of Initiatives Coeur has backed off to seven knots whilst he seeks a solution.

He reported Sunday . . .

"I’m 120 miles from Cape Verde at the moment. At my current speed it’s not going to be possible to moor there in daylight hours today."

"Several people have warned me not to make landfall at night as there are wrecks and things to negotiate and I have a sail wrapped around my keel."

"I have a couple of options for tomorrow: either the port of Mindelo or Tarrafal."

LEADING POSITIONS at 15:00 hrs Sunday:

1. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTG 22003 nm
2. Vincent Riou on PRB - DTL 35 nm
3. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTL 38 nm
4. Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild - DTL 44 nm
5. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 64 nm
7. Morgan Lagraviere on Safran - DTL 96 nm
6. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 103 nm
8. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 181 nm
9. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 222 nm
10. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 230 nm

Fleet spread is now 992 nm back to Sebastien Destremau.

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