Vendee Globe leader Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss passed 250 miles west of the Cape Verde islands during Sunday night.
Flying downwind at average speeds of more than 20 knots, Thomson is more than 85 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam and 120 miles up on third placed Thomas Ruyant on LinkedOut.
Charlie Dalin (Apivia) who has miles to catch up after a conservative option at storm Theta – joking yesterday ‘hold on lads I am coming I am putting on more coal’ – made the greatest overnight miles at 144 nm compared to Thomson’s 141 nm.
True to his word Dalin is up to fourth this morning and has overtaken Kevin Escoffier on PRB. Both Ruyant and Dalin are sailing faster than Thomson.
With Nicolas Troussel dismasted on CORUM L’Épargne early Monday morning, while in seventh place, Sam Davies on INITIATIVES-COEUR is now in ninth place and making places, sailing at 20+ knots.
Maxime Sorel on V and B Mayenne, in 14th place, has reported hitting an OFNI (Objet Filmique Non Identifié) but all OK.
He commented: ‘Everything jumped. One sail which was stacked on deck jumped 3 meters. I immediately inspected everything, speaking all the time to my shore team. But it seems everything is fine even if my keel is making a little noise.’
Vendée Globe Leaders – Day 9 – Mon 16 Nov – Updated 20:00 hrs UK
1st GBR Alex Thomson – HUGO BOSS – 21,885 nm to finish
2nd FRA Jean Le Cam – Yes we Cam ! – 105 nm
3rd FRA Thomas Ruyant – LinkedOut – 107 nm
4th FRA Charlie Dalin – APIVIA – 168 nm
5th FRA Kevin Escffier – PRB – 197 nm
6th FRA Benjamin Dutreux – OMIA – Water Family – 239 nm
7th FRA Louis Burton – BUREAU VALLEE 2 – 252 nm
8th GBR Sam Davies – INITIATIVES-COEUR – 271 nm
9th FRA Boris Herrmann – SEAEXPLORER – 274 nm
10th FRA Yannick Bestaven – Maître CoQ IV – 282 nm
11th FRA Damien Seguin – GROUPE APICIL – 283 nm
20th GBR Pip Hare – Medallia – 882 nm
26th GBR Miranda Merron – Campagne de France – 1098 nm
Retired: Nicolas Troussel