Vendée Globe Race Update: Friday 13th January

With this year’s edition of The Vendée Globe approaching its final days, British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place, 160 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h. Alex has claimed back 54 miles overnight in difficult conditions for the leading two IMOCA’s in the North Atlantic.

With 92% of the race complete, Alex is heading towards the Azores and sailing at a speed of 13 knots with 1972 nautical miles standing between him and the race finish at Le Sables d’Olonne.


Thomson is currently in light winds between the Cape Verde Islands and the Canaries and hopes to gain on Banque Popularie today. The weather will continue to test Alex as the winds are lighter than usual in the North Atlantic. The important focus on the final leg of the Vendée Globe is to maintain HUGO BOSS and reach the finish in record time.


If Thomson wins this year’s edition he will be the first Briton to claim victory in this gruelling challenge, a race which to date has been won only by French competitors.