16 January 2017

Vendee Globe Update, Leaders Battle to the Finish, ETA Jan 19 (video)

Vendée Globe D70 Daily highlights:

Video above published Jan 15, 2017

Vendée Globe D70: "Hugo Boss is on fire"

Video above published Jan 15, 2017

Pedal to the metal all the way to Les Sables d'OlonneLess than 100 miles apart at 18:00 UTC on Jan. 15, Alex Thomson on HUGO BOSS, in second, is putting pressure on Armel Le Cléac'h on BANQUE POPULAIRE VIII who is still leading. In the intense conditions Thompson likes, the Brit is gaining miles on the Breton. Near the the Azores, the two leaders are engaged in a race of speed on starboard tack, at more than 20 knots (24 knots for Alex at the tally of 15h!). ETA to the finish line near Les Sables d'Olonne, France, is now Thursday, January 19.
Vendee Globe leaders, 21:00 UTC, 15 Jan 2017, less than 1200 nautical miles from the finish at Les Sables d'Olonne
 (source: alexthomsonracing.geovoile.com)
News | Vendée Globe 2016-2017"After several days of slow progress north in light winds, Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson were today blasting towards the home straight of the solo round the world race in winds of up to 30 knots. The skippers, split by just 95 nautical miles, were eating up the 1,300nm standing between them and the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, as they try to squeeze every last bit of speed from their foiling IMOCA 60 raceboats ..." read more at link above.

Vendee Globe Update: In the Vendee Globe 2016-17 solo non-stop round-the-world sailing race, Armel Le Cleac'h on BANQUE POPULAIRE VIII (1st) and Alex Thomson on HUGO BOSS (2nd) are currently leading the fleet heading north in the Atlantic Ocean towards the finish at Les Sables d'Olonne, France.
Vendée Globe 2016-2017 LIVE Tracking: tracking2016.vendeeglobe.org and Hugo Boss tracker
More info:
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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