Armel Le Cléac'h is back in the lead in the Vendée Globe after a brilliant move to clear the second ice gate early; the rest of the pack opting to sail a shorter and breezier southern route faced slow conditions getting back up to the gate. The racing remains exciting one third of the way around the world with only 130 miles separating the five front runners while further back, Synerciel and Mirabaud were sailing within sight of each other. The fleet is currently heading due East along the 40th South latitude towards the Amsterdam gate; the ice gates have changed the nature of the race somewhat, but satellite imagery showing icebergs and growlers along the traditional southern route, race organizers play it safe.
In Rio, it's non-stop action in the last event of the Extreme Sailing Series successful season. Series leader The Wave-Muscat currently hangs on to second place heading into today's final race day.
Finally, back home, congratulations to all Sail Canada Awards winners and Rolex Sailor of the Year finalists; male and female Athlete of the Year go to Canada's most successful 2012 Olympians, Nikola Girke and Zac Plavsic. Check out the full list below.
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