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Vendee Globe - Thomson charge slows

Alex Thomson's charge on Hugo Boss has slowed, but he is still sailing faster than Vendee Globe leader Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII.Armel Le Cléac’h checking the stats -

Armel Le Cléac'h will today sail through a wide band of lighter winds in the South Atlantic, east of Uruguay during Wednesday, slowing him again.

Second placed Thomson will slow when he too reaches this wide ridge of high pressure.

Enda O'Coineen has diverted his course towards Stewart Island, New Zealand which lay 360 miles to his north west when he made his turn northwards this Wednesday afternoon.

O'Coineen, who was lying in 11th place of the 19 solo skippers still racing in the Vendée Globe, is seeking to complete a number of repairs, and aims to continue with his race.

LEADING POSITIONS at 22:00 hrs UTC Wednesday:

1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 5,405 nm - sailing at 17 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 255 nm - sailing at 19 knots
3. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 1352 nm
4. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 2060 nm
5. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 2236 nm
6. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 2242 nm
7. Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee - DTL 3447 nm

Fleet spread is now 8,090 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 19th.

Ten have now retired from the race.

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