Sport in Short: Sailing

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The Independent Online
JEAN-LUC VAN DEN HEEDE, of France, yesterday edged into third place behind the runaway leader, Alain Gautier, in the Vendee Globe solo round-the- world race, but for the Welshman Alan Wynne Thomas the event was coming to an end. Wynne Thomas, who injured himself in a fall from his bunk and saw his main sail rip on Thursday, has decided to head for Hobart, Tasmania.

VENDEE GLOBE SOLO ROUND-THE- WORLD RACE Leading positions (with miles to finish): 1 A Gautier (Fr) Bagages Superior 10,103; 2 P Poupon (Fr) Fleury-Michon 10,911; 3 J-L van den Heede (Fr) Sofap-Helvim 11,205; 4 B de Broc (Fr) Groupe LG 11.317; 5 N Fa (Hung) K and H Bank Matav 11,927; 6 J-L de Ugarte (Sp) Euskadi Europa 93 12,421; 7 Y Parlier (Fr) Cacolac d'Aquitaine 12,761; 8 A Wynne Thomas (GB) Cardiff Discovery 13,006; 9 V Malingri (It) Everlast Neil Pryde 13,069; 10 B Gallay (Fr) Vuarnet Watches 13,087.

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