The approach to Cape Horn looks to be relatively benign for the two leaders of the Vendée Globe now 700 miles apart.
Rather than the blast of a fast moving low pressure carrying lots of wind, as might be expected, Thomson is upwind in 10 kts of breeze towards the centre of a low.
While Le Cléac’h is slightly quicker.
Routing models have Banque Populaire VIII at the famous island Friday afternoon and Hugo Boss on Sunday afternoon, Christmas Day.
Both should get the chance to pass relatively close to the Horn in daylight.
LEADING POSITIONS at 12:00 hrs UTC Friday:
1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 7,042 nm - sailing at 13 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 762 nm - sailing at 11 knots
3. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 1620 nm
4. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 2111 nm
5. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 2214 nm
6. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 2274 nm
7. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 2934 nm
Fleet spread is now 7,652 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 21st.
Eight have now retired from the race.
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21 December 2016 17:58 GMT