Vendée Globe: Thomson and Le Cléac'h passed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin
Monday, December 5, 2016 5:10 PM
At 0930 UTC this morning (Monday), while he was sailing 600 miles west of the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, Sébastien Josse contacted his shore team to inform them that he had suffered major damage to the port foil on Edmond de Rothschild. Taking into account the weather conditions the skipper of Gitana Team has had over the past 24 hours and the worsening weather that is forecast in the area in the coming hours, the skipper in agreement with the team's owners, has temporarily put the race to one side and is currently studying the best possible options to allow the worst of the storm to go by.
In the meanwhile Vendée Globe solo round the world race leader Armel Le Cléac'h crossed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin in the SW of Australia at 0814 UTC this morning Monday 5th December after 28 days, 20 hours and 12 minutes of sailing. He has smashed the reference time set by François Gabart in 2012 by five days 14 hours and 16 minutes.
Lying in second place Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss crossed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, Australia 5 hours and 16 minutes later, at 1330 UTC on Monday 5th December after 29 days 1 hour and 28 minutes of sailing, underlining the incredible pace that has been set by both skippers since the start of the race on Sunday 6th November.
François Gabart had held the previous reference time with a time of 34 days 10 hours and 28 minutes. During the 2012-13 edition of the race Le Cleac'h crossed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin in second place, 5 hours 49 minutes behind leader, and eventual race winner Francois Gabart.