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Vendee Globe - Alex is back up and moving and in high spirits

After a restless night caught in shifty conditions whilst passing through the Doldrums, Alex is back up and moving and in high spirits.

The next 12 hours could prove crucial to the outcome of the 2016-17 Vendée Globe, according to British sailing star Ian Walker.

“Alex has had a much better passage through the Doldrums and if he can stay within 100 miles of Armel then he's within half a day's sailing, and there's still a long way to go."

"The next six or twelve hours is quite important because if Alex isn't quite out of the Doldrums and Armel is able to double his lead, and it was just a stretching of the elastic that we've just seen, then that won't be good news for Alex.

"But while Alex will make a few losses now I don't think he should haemorrhage too many miles before they're back on an even keel.”

LEADING POSITIONS at 22:00 hrs UTC Tuesday:

1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire 2,494 nm - sailing at 16 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 134 nm - sailing at 10 knots
3. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 663 nm - sailing at 8 knots
4. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 1,230 nm
5. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 1,418 nm
6. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 1,426 nm
7. Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee - DTL 2,583 nm

Fleet spread is now 8,986 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 18th.

Eleven have now retired from the race.

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