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miles in 24hrs, averaging speeds of 20.1 knots. This breaks the record held previously by Alex Thomson in 2003. This record still needed to be confi rmed by WSSRC (World Speed Sailing Record Council). 1 December, Day 20, 18,806 miles

from the fi nish: If you thought yesterday’s record was impressive, Jean-Pierre Dick bettered it with 498.80 miles in twenty-four hours, averaging 20.8 knots. During the night Armel Le Cléac’h last the lead he had held for two weeks. (Banque Populaire) lost his race leader title, which he has held for two weeks. Now he was chasing Dick and only 100 miles separated the top fi ve racers.

Later in the day it was learned that Dick had broken the record again with 502.53 miles in twenty-four hours, averaging speeds of 20.9 knots. These phenomenal speeds are faster than the speed records set in the 2007 Barcelona Race double handed round the world race, held by Alex Thom- son/Andrew Cape, onboard HUGO BOSS, GBR, traveling 501.3 miles, averaging 20.9 knots and just slower than the 2011 record set by Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron, VIR- BAC PAPREC, FRA, covering 506.333 miles

The IceGate Crozet Kerguelen has been moved to 39 degrees south. 2 December, Day 22: Jean Le Cam (SYNERCIEL) discovered that all was not right with his Bruce Farr designed Open 60. After a look around, he found a huge fi shing net wrapped around the lower part of his keel. He tried to maneuver the boat and shake it loose, but these attempts failed. He then decided to dive under and cut it away, which took 30 minutes to do. 3 December, Day 23, 50 miles into the Indian Ocean: Armel Le Cléac’h was the

fi rst to reach the Cape of Good Hope and set a new race record with a time of 22 days 23 hours 48 minutes. This beats the record by 24 hours 2 hours and 22 minutes, set by Vincent Riou in the 2004 Vendée Globe. He was followed closely by Dick and Gabart all in a tight battle. 4 December, Day 23, at the Cape of

Good Hope: It was not an easy night for the Vendée Globe skippers. The agitated sea bashed the boats and forced the determined navigators to make constant sail changes. Those at the back are moving again. They appear to have been released from the chains of the St. Helena High and the senior trio, Golding Le Camand Wavre’s are moving well.

The Southern Ocean is south of 60°S latitude and encircles Antarctica. This ocean zone is where the fl ow of cold, northward waters from the Antarctic, mix with warmer sub-Antarctic waters. The sea temperatures range from about −2 to 10 °C (28 to 50 °F). Cyclonic storms travel eastward around the continent, and often become intense because of the temperature difference between ice and open ocean. These fast-moving weath- er systems make for highly changeable conditions in terms of both wind speed and direction. The average wave heights exceed twelve feet, and it is these, not the wind that pose the greatest danger to the racers. In the Southern Ocean the waves are some of the largest on the planet. The wind shifts faster than the waves, creating dangerous time periods, following the passing of a cyclonic storm, which can lead to the development of cross seas or large breaking waves strong enough to smash up a boat. On refl ection, it would be fair to say the Southern Ocean is an ocean to be feared. 5 December: Le Cléac’h was still in

Arnel Le Cleac'h's BANQUE POPULAIRE is chasing Gabart for the top spot.

the lead as he heads for the Crozet ice gate, the second gate designed to keep the fl eet north of the worst of the ice threat. There are fi ve other is the leading pack, and the second pack consists of Golding, Le Cam and Wavre. These three were suffering from

extreme fatigue brought on by their toughest 48 hours of the race so far. They needed to dig deep so that the front pack did not get too far away. One problem was a high pressure

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