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Vendee Globe - Gaps set to widen

The top ten boats in the Vendee Globe led by British skipper Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss continue to get richer - and the gaps are set to widen over the coming days

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Alex Thomson has increased his lead to 107 mn over second placed Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII, who gained back his place ahead of Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild during Thursday night.

The frontrunners are averaging more than twenty knots, but the atmosphere is set to change going in days from the tropical heat to the icy cold conditions of the Southern Ocean.

In sixth place, Paul Meilhat on SMA, is now 233 nm from Thompson and leads the second group of five with Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord in 11th, 762 nm behind Thomson.

There is then a gap of another 120 nm to 12th placed Kito de Pavant who wasl making 14 kts southwards.

The bulk of the pack is beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel that has been the Doldrums. Only two skippers are stuck in this dreaded Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone.

LEADING POSITIONS at 18:00 hrs Friday:

1. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTG 20329 nm - sailing at 21 knots
2. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTL 107 nm
3. Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild - DTL 116 nm
4. Vincent Riou on PRB - DTL 165 nm
5. Morgan Lagraviere on Safran - DTL 213 nm
6. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 233 nm
7. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 319 nm
8. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 511 nm
9. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 674 nm
10. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 680 nm
11. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 762 nm

Fleet spread is now1420 nm back to Sebastien Destremau.

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G New
17 November 2016 12:43 GMT


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