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Vendee Globe - Snakes and Ladders for the leaders

Alex Thomson has just come out of the centre of the low, where there was no wind and has lost quite a few miles to Armel Le Cléac'h.

Between 5 and 9 Mondays morning, Hugo Boss found herself totally becalmed in the centre of the low that he was trying to round via the north at 50°00 S.

While Armel Le Cléac'h on Banque Populaire was battling it out 120 miles further south at 52°03.

During that 4-hour period, Armel Le Cléac'h managed to keep up an average speed of 10.3 knots.

While Thomson was down to 4.4 knots with speeds occasionally down to less than 2 knots.

Thomson was back up to speed again at 11:00 hrs to around 12 knots, while Armel Le Cléac'h has been slowed.

We are going to have to watch the movement of the low, which could upset things for either of them.

LEADING POSITIONS at 15:00 hrs UTC Tuesday:

1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 10,264nm - sailing at 19 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 201 nm - sailing at 18 knots
3. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 1420 nm
4. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 1472 nm
5. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 2304 nm
6. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 2371 nm
7. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 2407 nm
8. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 2959 nm

Fleet spread is now 6,766 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 22nd.

Seven have now retired from the race.

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G New
12 December 2016 18:09 GMT


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