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Hampshire sailor reaches Cape Horn

Alex Thomson at the start of the Vendee Globe Photo: Jacques Brinon/AP/PA Images

South of the front three boats, Alex Thomson rounded Cape Horn this morning, 4th January 2012 at 0238 GMT in a 25-knot wind.

This is the first time the 38-year-old, Gosport-based skipper has sailed single-handed round the southernmost tip of South America, marking 12 years hard work for him and his team.

According to the computers at the race HQ at Montparnasse Station, Paris, Alex skirted passed a large iceberg, which could have been in his path, south of Diego Ramirez Islands. But he stuck to his course without incident. At the front of the fleet the leading skippers are trying to avoid the pitfalls of the South Atlantic. The two race leaders are François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac’h.

Behind Alex Thomson, there is still a 1300-mile difference between the chasers and the front four with Jean Le Cam leading the charge.

Former Berkshire fireman Mike Golding is currently lying sixth overall and is leading a group of five heading towards Cape Horn.