A very happy Alex Thomson at Cape Horn and has now reduced the lead of Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII to under 300 nm.
Alex flying passed the Horn Christmas Day at 30+kts in 48 days 23 hours and 40 minutes. Now time to point north and head home!
Holding a solid third place in the Vendée Globe, French skipper Jérémie Beyou should pass Cape Horn around midday Tuesday.
The lead of Armel Le Cléac'h looks much more assailable after Alex Thomson chipped another 100 miles from the Banque Populaire VIII's margin reducing his deficit to 279 nm.
Le Cléac’h is up against a barrier of light to moderate airs
The climb up the South Atlantic remains complex.
LEADING POSITIONS at 12:00 hrs UTC Tuesday:
1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 6,002 nm - sailing at 17 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 279 nm - sailing at 19 knots
3. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 1079 nm
4. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 1860 nm
5. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 2164 nm
6. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 2180 nm
7. Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee - DTL 3427 nm
Fleet spread is now 7,694 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 19th.
Ten have now retired from the race.
Gerald New - Sailweb
26 December 2016 23:21 GMT