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Alex Thomson picks up the pace again

Alex Thomson was stuck in a wind hole after almost catching Armel Le Cléac’h on Friday, but is back moving again and the chase continues . . .

For the two leaders the key is to try to make their way north as best they can and that may be close to or further away from the coast of Argentina.

Both have now got out of the sticky patch and are moving at similar speeds.

But the duo have about 700 miles of upwind sailing now.

This Saturday morning Le Cléac'h has around 17kts of NNE'ly wind and Thomson around 15kts.

Both should tack at nearly the same time, Le Cléach only 100 miles or so east of Rio.

Le Cléac’h will be hoping to extend his lead again until they get to Cape Frio, but Thomson may narrow the gap again before they reach the Doldrums.

So it looks like it could all be decided in the North Atlantic.

Jean-Pierre Dick rounded Cape Horn Friday at 06:34hrs UTC, Dick passed into the Atlantic Ocean in fourth place in his third Vendée Globe.

Jean Le Cam rounded Cape Horn in fifth place at 15:48hrs UTC, with Yann Eliès also getting round Cape Horn for the first time at 16:56 hrs UTC.

LEADING POSITIONS at 18:00 hrs UTC Saturday:

1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 4854 nm - sailing at 10 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 153 nm - sailing at 9 knots
3. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 1110 nm
4. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 1789 nm
5. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 1958 nm
6. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 1961 nm
7. Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee - DTL 3071 nm

Fleet spread is now 8,018 nm back to Pieter Heerama in 19th.

Ten have now retired from the race.

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