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Alex Thomson finishes Vendee Globe

Britain's Alex Thomson, sailing Hugo Boss, finished the Vendée Globe solo round the world yacht race in second-place after 74 days 19 hours 35 minutes and 15 seconds at sea.

Thomson, from Gosport on the south coast of the UK , crossed the finish line of the race in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, at 07:37hrs UTC today on his 60ft racing yacht Hugo Boss.

He was 15h 59min 29s behind race winner Armel Le Cléac'h who finished in a time of 74 days, 3 hours and 35 minutes, a new race record.

Thomson covered 27,636 nm averaging 15.39 knots knots during the race, which began from Les Sables d'Olonne on November 6 last year.

The race, which was founded in 1989, follows the 'clipper route' around Africa's Cape of Good Hope, Australia's Cape Leeuwin and South America's Cape Horn.

3rd place Jérémie Beyou is expected to cross the finish line on Monday morning (23 January).

LEADING POSITIONS at 22:00 hrs UTC Saturday:

1st Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire - Finished 15:37 hrs UTC 19 Jan 2017
2nd Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss -Finished at 07:37hrs UTC 20 Jan 2017

3. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTF 286 nm - sailing at 7 knots
4. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 1,047 nm
6. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 1,055 nm
5. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 1,061 nm
7. Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee - DTL 2,591 nm

Fleet spread is now 8,594 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 18th.

Eleven have now retired from the race.

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