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Vendee Globe - Day 14 Update from Onboard Hugo Boss

Alex Thomson explains Saturday's floating debris collision on the starboard foil. Still positive and still making progress, even increasing his lead over Monday night.

The group of seven frontrunners at the head of the Vendee Globe fleet have become three.

The leading three of Alex Thomson, Seb Josse and Armel Le Cléac'h have opened a gap of 78 nm back to Morgan Lagravière.

With a 400+ nm gap opening from 7th placed Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq to Yann Elies on Quigunnier as the fast-moving low pressure system they had been riding passed over them.

Alex Thomson has been able to increase his lead slightly, despite the damaged foil.

Swiss skipper Alan Roura, (DTL 2,280 nm) who at 23 is the youngest skipper in the Vendée Globe fleet, today revealed the reason behind his peculiar course towards Brazil.

He needs to download software for the antenna on his boats that picks receives much-needed weather data via satellite but in order to do so he needs 3G mobile signal.

The only place he can get that is close to land, so he has decided to sail close to the north-eastern tip of Brazil in search of a strong phone signal.

He needs to get close to the coast to pick up the network and download some stuff. That should allow him to resolve his technical problems and continue in decent shape.

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LEADING POSITIONS at 12:00 hrs Tuesday:

1. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTG 18,486 nm - sailing at 21 knots
2. Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild - DTL 92 nm
3. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTL 102 nm
4. Morgan Lagraviere on Safran - DTL 179 nm
5. Vincent Riou on PRB - DTL 213 nm
6. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 279 nm
7. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 346 nm
8. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 916 nm
9. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 1387 nm
10. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 1391 nm
11. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 1578 nm

Fleet spread is now 2,892 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 26th.

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