VENDEE GLOBE – Third-placed Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) continues to be the fastest in the fleet on Sunday night, edging back on the two in front and away from Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) in fourth. Dick averaged 15.5 knots in the last four hours since the last ranking.
The gains were small, but with two knots boat advantage and even better VMG, Dick could make more significant against overnight. Dick is 508.5 miles behind the leader Francois Gabart (MACIF) and has won 44 miles back since the 0400hrs ranking on Sunday. But he has only moved 13 miles further ahead of Thomson in the same time, to lead him by 259 miles.
Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire), with 13.8 knots, ground back almost three miles on Gabart, 13.5 knots, and is 141.7 miles behind.
Sixth-placed Mike Golding (Gamesa) has tacked and is on a parallel track, 140 miles south east ofJean Le Cam (SynerCiel), who is 14 miles ahead on the leaderboard.
Arnaud Boissières (Akena Verandas) is hugging the Brazil coastline even tighter. He is five miles away and catching zephyrs, averaging just 12.2 knots in the last hour.