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Vendee Globe - Third placed Sébastien Josse retires

Third placed Sébastien Josse on Edmond de Rothschild has announced his retirement from the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe.

Major damage to the port foil, which occurred at 09:30 UTC on Monday morning, meant that he was in a tricky situation facing extreme weather conditions – 40 knots of wind and 8m high waves to the south of Australia.

After a thorough assessment of the damage done to Gitana 16. Unfortunately, the news is not good.

Neither the sailor, nor the team wanted to expose themselves to the risk of the foil dropping out, as that could lead to an ingress of water and an emergency situation on Edmond de Rothschild depending on her geographical position.

And Sébastien Josse and the Gitana Team have announced their retirement from the race.

Seven have now retired from the race.

One month ago, Alex left Les Sables d'Olonnes and started the Vendée Globe. Since then he has been at the front of the fleet in battle with French rival Armel Le Cleac'h, as well as breaking three race records.

Thomson is around 130 nm astern of Le Cleac'h, and as he explains hoping that when they gybe over and he can use his remaining foil, he will be able to reel-in Banque Populaire.

LEADING POSITIONS at 05:00 hrs UTC Thursday:

1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 12,355 nm - sailing at 20 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 144 nm - sailing at 19 knots
3. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 1262 nm
4. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 1415 nm
5. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 1647 nm
6. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 1834 nm
7. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 2282 nm
8. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 2684 nm

Fleet spread is now 5,950 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 22nd.

Seven have now retired from the race.

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