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Vendee Globe - The Boss is Back in the lead

British sailor Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss is once again at the front of the Vendée Globe fleet after successfully hunting down arch rival Armel Le Cléac'h in the Southern Ocean.

Thomson has regained the lead four days after French sailor Le Cléac'h moved into pole position in the solo non-stop round the world race.

The pair were neck and neck Thursday afternoon as they rocketed east, less than a mile splitting them from the next waypoint and with just seven miles of lateral separation.

Thomson had stretched that to an 19.75 nm lead by the 22:00 hr check Friday.

Despite boasting a broken starboard foil, lost in a collision with a floating object some 12 days ago, Hugo Boss has been the quicker of the two boats over the past few days.

The record-breaking pace both boats have been exhibiting since the race start in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on November 6, seems set to continue thanks to favourable weather conditions in the Southern Ocean.

LEADING POSITIONS at 22:00 hrs UTC Friday:

1. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTG 14,380 nm - sailing at 13 knots
2. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTL 20 nm - sailing at 15 knots
3. Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild - DTL 511 nm
4. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 1196 nm
5. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 1203 nm
6. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 1605 nm
7. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 1951 nm
8. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 2133 nm
9. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 2224 nm

Fleet spread is now 5,091 nm back to Didac Costa in 25th.

Four have now retired from the race.

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