30 December 2016

Vendée Globe Daily Updates, Sailing Videos, Dec 29 - Jan 2

Note to readers: this page will be updated regularly through the New Year's Holiday (from December 30 through January 2) with videos and LIVE twitter feed (below) as Alex Thomson on HUGO BOSS (without starboard foil) and Armel Le Cleac'h on BANQUE POPULAIRE VIII engage in an epic struggle for first place at the front of the Vendée Globe fleet, moving north in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Vendee Globe day 56 update onboard HUGO BOSS:

Video above published Dec 31, 2016: After a successful repair job onboard HUGO BOSS, Alex Thompson can now get some sleep, he'll need the rest for the upcoming passage through the doldrums and to keep making gains on Armel Le Cleac'h on BANQUE POPULAIRE VIII.

UPDATE January 01, 2017, 9pm UTC: relative positions of Alex Thomson on HUGO BOSS (2nd) and Armel Le Cleac'h on BANQUE POPULAIRE VIII (1st) off the coast of Brazil in the south Atlantic Ocean per VendeeGlobe.org:

  LIVE Tracking: tracking2016.vendeeglobe.org and Hugo Boss tracker 
More info:
Vendee Globe day 55 update onboard HUGO BOSS:

Video above published Dec 30, 2016: Alex Thomson on HUGO BOSS has gained hundreds of miles on the Vendee Globe leader Armel Le Cleac'h on BANQUE POPULAIRE VIII, since rounding Cape Horn--what a comeback!

Vendée Globe Weekly highlights:

Vendée Globe Weekly highlights published December 30, 2016.

Vendée Globe Day 53 daily highlights:

Vendée Globe Day 53 daily highlights video above published Dec 29, 2016.

Vendee Globe Update Dec 29, 2016: In the Vendee Globe 2016-17 solo non-stop round-the-world sailing race, Alex Thomson on HUGO BOSS (2nd) made an unbelievable comeback to close within miles of Armel Le Cleac'h on BANQUE POPULAIRE VIII in first--less than 75 nautical miles separated the two as of Dec. 29 at 18h in the South Atlantic (see graphic above) and less than 35 nautical miles later at 22h.

The Vendée Globe race record is held by François Gabart, who finished after 78 days. The eighth Vendée Globe began from Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on Sunday, 6th November 2016.


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