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Vendee Globe - Armel Le Cléac'h is first to tack

Armel Le Cléac'h has one hand on the Vendée Globe trophy this morning. Since tacking he has opened a lead of 101 nm over second-placed Alex Thomson.

Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire was the first to tack onto port off the Scilly Isles

After sailing close to the Scilly Islands off the west of Cornwall in SW Britain, Le Cléac'h tacked onto port and pointed his bows towards Les Sables at around 17:00 UTC Wednesday night.

Thomson followed an hour later after and the pair began their passage along the coast of Brittany in chilly easterly winds.

Thomson is expected to cross the finish line some four hours after Le Cléac'h.

The 39-year-old from Brittany is expected to finish at around 15:30hrs UTC after 74 days at sea.

LEADING POSITIONS at 12:00 hrs UTC Thursday:

1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire - DTF 60 nm - sailing at 13 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 101 nm - sailing at 11 knots
3. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 701 nm - sailing at 19 knots
4. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 1,947 nm
6. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 1,959 nm
5. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 1,973 nm
7. Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee - DTL 3,000 nm

Fleet spread is now 9,463 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 18th.

Eleven have now retired from the race.

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Gerald New - Sailweb
16 January 2017 22:19 GMT


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