Vendée Globe:Le Cléac'h closes in on Vendée Globe finish line

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Thursday 19 January 2017, 06h49

French sailor Armel Le Cléac'h has one hand on the Vendée Globe trophy this morning as he bears down on the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. At the latest position update Le Cléac'h, skipper of Banque Populaire VIII, was 146 nautical miles from finishing the solo round the world race with a lead of 87nm over second-placed Alex Thomson. If Le Cléac'h wins the race, which began from Les Sables d'Olonne on November 6, it will banish the ghosts of the past two editions in which he has to settle for the runner's-up spot both times.

Vendée Globe victory 24 hours from Le Cléac'h's grasp

Wednesday 18 January 2017, 16h15

British sailor Alex Thomson today conceded that his chances of overhauling Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h on the home strait were slim, despite narrowing the gap to just 35 miles. In the last 24 hours Thomson, 42, has halved Le Cléach's lead of 70 miles but as the pair prepared to enter the final 300 miles of the solo round the world race this afternoon he said the advantage was now firmly with his French rival.

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