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VIDEO: Thomson in Top 3 – 2012 Vendée Globe

Jean-Pierre Dick’s onboard Virbac Paprec 3 decided to dip south, hoping to regain the miles in the future with winds gradually shifting to the west. This change of course has put Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss in 3rd as the pack starts to reposition themselves for the attack on the Southern Ocean.

Direct from Alex:

“Morning! It was a tough day yesterday and yesterday night with lots of cloud activity and variable wind which meant i got hardly any sleep. I managed to get quite a few naps last night when the wind was more stable and am feeling back to normal. I have had some issues with the hydro charging so was working on that yesterday as well as some problems with the battery management system which is not alarming properly.

So I spent all day yesterday inbetween clouds on the phone with Rachel Howe, who is in charge of electronics on our team, trying to get to the bottom of the problem. She thinks we have solved it now, fingers crossed and the hydro seems to be behaving itself again. I can see me having hydro issues all the way around the world, good thing we have a few spares onboard!

So I am up to 3rd again this morning, no point in getting excited though as ultimately it is a question of strategy. Jean Pierre Dick has opted to take a more southerly route and will get the new wind first when it comes in the next 24 hours. I will be one of the last to get the new wind so I have to hope I continue to have wind for today and hope they do not!”

2012 Vendée Globe Rankings at 0900hrs UTC Tuesday 26th November

1 – Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) to 19571.8 miles from the finish
2 – Francois Gabart (MACIF) at 150.4 (DTL)
3 – Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) at 197.9 (DTL)
4 – Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) 236.9 (DTL)
5 – Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) to 245.6 (DTL)

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