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Stamm takes lead in yachting's Vendee Globe

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Switzerland's Bernard Stamm has taken the lead for the first time in the solo, round-the-world Vendee Globe race ahead of France's Francois Gabart, Jean-Pierre Dick and Armel Le Cleac'h, organisers said on Friday. 

Switzerland Bernard Stamm on his monohull "Cheminees Poujoulat" takes the start of the 7th edition of the Vendee Globe, the solo non-stop round-the-world yacht race, in Les Sables d'Olonne, western France, on November 10, 2012. Stamm has taken the lead for the first time ahead of France's Francois Gabart, Jean-Pierre Dick and Armel Le Cleac'h, organisers said on Friday.

Stamm took pole position in the southern Indian Ocean after Le Cleac'h, who had held the lead for much of the last 18 days, paid the price for trying to cut off an anticyclone near the Crozet "ice gate".

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