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Vendee Globe - Thomson hangs on as places change

Alex Thomson has been through two uncomfortable depressions this week, he's still smiling and still in the race. But some place changing behind the leaders.

And there has been some place changing behind the leaders today.

Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent has move ahead of Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac at the 18:00 time check.

Jean Le Cam and Jean-Pierre Dick are headed in different directions as they outrun the worst of the winds nearest the centre of the violent Southern Ocean storm.

While Yann Eliès in fifth has hove to and slowed right down - to just two or three knots at times - to hold a position which should ensure the strongest winds pass to his north.

Thomas Ruyant (Le Souffle du Nord pour le Projet Imagine) may also make gains narrowing the gap, even if he is still some 600 miles behind Jean Le Cam.

LEADING POSITIONS at 22:00 hrs UTC Wednesday:

1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 9,842 nm - sailing at 6 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 296 nm - sailing at 3 knots
3. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 1282 nm
4. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 1332 nm
5. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 2323 nm
6. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 2368 nm
7. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 2441 nm
8. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 2899 nm

Fleet spread is now 6,808 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 22nd.

Seven have now retired from the race.

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