Vendee Globe - Leaders gain distance

Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss held his third place position over Friday night and has gained on second placed Vincent Riou on PRB, but not yet cut the lead of Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII.

Going into day 7 and the Vendee skippers are already feeling the warmth of the equator.

The leaders are sailing at 19 to 20 knots and covered around 200 nm overnight.

Thomson has passed Vincent Riou this afternoon (Sat) and is gaining on Armel Le Cléac’h.

Morgan Lagraviere on Safran has overtaken Paul Meilhat on SMA to claim fourth place.

The leading group of seven have now opened a gap of 80 nm to eighth placed Yann Elies on Quigunnier.

This second group are steadily loosing distance on Armel Le Cléac’h and the leading pack.

LEADING POSITIONS at 15:00 hrs Saturday:

1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 22405 nm
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 25 nm
3. Vincent Riou on PRB - DTL 37 nm
4. Morgan Lagraviere on Safran - DTL 54 nm
5. Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild - DTL 62 nm
6. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 63 nm
7. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 68 nm
8. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 143 nm
9. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 184 nm
10. Tanguy de Lamotte on Initiatives Couer - DTL 215 nm
11. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 218 nm

Fleet spread is now 837 nm back to Sebastien Destremau.

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