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Vendee Globe Week 3 - Thomson chases the leader

It's now much colder onboard Hugo Boss. Thomson chases the leader currently behind by 16 miles to the next cape, Cape Leeuwin, Australia.

The first two competitors, Armel Le Cléac’h and Alex Thomson are sailing close to each other as they passed North of the Kerguelen Islands.

They are ahead of a cold front which gets closer slowly and brings them Northwesterly winds around 25 to 30 knots.

Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild is on the verge of the front. Josse should get behind it during the day and is thus going to slow down a little at he approaches the islands.

The following six boats are sailing in the Roaring Forties in usual conditions for these latitudes with the low pressures and their associated fronts which follow one another, but without extremely tough conditions for the moment.

The rest of the fleet should entre the Forties by the end of the week. The atmosphere on the boat is going to change radically.

A low pressure system approaching slowly from the West, Tuesday morning.

It is going to strengthen in 36 hours with a small secondary low building in the cold front. It will then move quickly eastwards.

It looks like being a rough welcome to the Roaring Forties.

LEADING POSITIONS at 22:00 hrs UTC Wednesday:

1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 15,003 nm - sailing at 18 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 16 nm - sailing at 18 knots
3. Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild - DTL 697 nm
4. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 1149 nm
5. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 1154 nm
6. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 1494 nm
7. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 2075 nm
8. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 2224 nm
9. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 2242 nm

Fleet spread is now 4,724 nm back to Didac Costa in 25th.

Four have now retired from the race.

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