The approach to Cape Horn looks to be relatively benign for the two leaders of the Vendée Globe now 560 miles apart. Leader Armel Le Cléac’h is now closer to the race course’s most emblematic milestone than second placed Alex Thomson is to him.
Rather than the blast of a fast moving low pressure carrying lots of wind, as might be expected, Thomson is upwind in 10kts of breeze towards the centre of a low, while Le Cléac’h is slightly quicker. Routing models have Banque Populaire VIII at the famous island tomorrow afternoon and Hugo Boss on Sunday afternoon, Christmas Day. Both should get the chance to pass relatively close to the Horn in daylight.
Since Paul Meilhat (SMA) started making his way north after damage to his keel ram, Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) has been alone in third place, sailing on the back of a small area of low pressure.
The wind is variable in strength and direction but Jérémie is making good headway in spite of all the problems he has encountered during his third attempt at the Vendée Globe. He still has a comfortable lead over Jean-Pierre Dick (StMichel-Virbac): 469 miles separated them in the 0400 UTC rankings.
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