NEWSFLASH : Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire VIII) have passed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin. Vendee Globe leader Le Cléac'h sets a new reference time to Cape Leeuwin.
Vendee 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.
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