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Vendee Globe - Thomson misses record by 259 metres

Vendee Globe leader Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss came within a whisker of setting a new world record for the furthest distance sailed solo in 24 hours before the collision in the South Atlantic put paid to his chances.Vendee Globe -

Thomson had sailed 535.34 nautical miles when part of the starboard foil of Hugo Boss was ripped off.

Although that is actually greater than that set by current record holder François Gabart, the official rules of the record state it must be broken by one whole mile in order to be recognised – and Thomson's distance falls short of that by just 259 metres.

Tonight (Sunday) Thomson is holding off his two closest rival, Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII and Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild.

He is sailing at 20 knots and holding the chasing pair at 85 nm back.

His hope is to get too Cape of Good Hope, when he can tack and start using his other foil, but until then he must just live with the breakages.

He said. “At some point I'm going to have to go over the side and cut it off.”

When asked what his plan to stave off the attack from Josse and Le Cléac'h, Thomson simply replied: “Pray to the gods that the rest of the race is all on starboard.”

Armel Le Cléac’h, "The sea state is worsening and with the foils, we’re not necessarily faster. We’re going to have to wait for smoother seas to make the most of these appendages."

"I’m gradually gaining ground on Alex Thomson, but we need to look after the boat for the rest of the race."

LEADING POSITIONS at 12:00 hrs Monday:

1. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTG 18,978 nm - sailing at 22 knots
2. Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild - DTL 84 nm
3. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTL 91 nm
4. Morgan Lagraviere on Safran - DTL 167 nm
5. Vincent Riou on PRB - DTL 174 nm
6. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 227 nm
7. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 289 nm
8. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 740 nm
9. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 1009 nm
10. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 1009 nm
11. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 1188 nm

Fleet spread is now 2,581 nm back to Sebastien Destremau.

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