In his latest video Alex Thomson explains the reason for Armel Le Cléac’h overtaking him and plots his fight-back.
The lead has changed three times since the pair led across the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope.
Thomson, the solo British skipper in this eighth edition of the race, gains consistently when his speed edge is evident on starboard gybe when his fully functioning port foil is working.
But it seems Thomson continues to suffer a speed deficit on the opposite gybe, when compromised by his broken foil.
But with 24-36 hours on starboard gybe from Sunday it seems likely that the leadership yo-yo will continue to play out.
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LEADING POSITIONS at 22:00 hrs UTC Saturday:
1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 14,078 nm - sailing at 19 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 33 nm - sailing at 22 knots
3. Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild - DTL 568 nm
4. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 1157 nm
5. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 1222 nm
6. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 1705 nm
7. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 1965 nm
8. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 2121 nm
9. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 2257 nm
Fleet spread is now 5,268 nm back to Didac Costa in 25th.
Four have now retired from the race.
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Gerald New - Sailweb
3 December 2016 18:33 GMT