. . Le Cleac’h had been in front since early December but Thomson chipped away at the lead and on Monday broke the world record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours, notching up 536.8 miles.(He) concede(d) that victory was unlikely on Wednesday as the wind instruments on his . . boat . . had prevented the yacht’s autopilot working properly and him from sleeping for days . .
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