Tough couple of days ahead for Alex Thomson, but as you can see the sense of humour has not been lost. Sailing conservatively, focusing making it to the horn in one piece.
Racing on starboard gybe Thomson has largely held his differential behind Le Cléac’h, measured at 152 miles on the Friday mid afternoon ranking.
Weather files suggest it will be Saturday evening before they are into better conditions as the low moves east with them.
But hard on the heels of this system the Pacific seems set to deal them a second depression on Monday which will arrive from the north.
LEADING POSITIONS at 18:00 hrs UTC Friday:
1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 11,693 nm - sailing at 19 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 154 nm - sailing at 19 knots
3. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 1332 nm
4. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 1474 nm
5. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 1841 nm
6. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 2041 nm
7. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 2374 nm
8. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 2834 nm
Fleet spread is now 6,268 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 22nd.
Seven have now retired from the race.
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8 December 2016 22:40 GMT