Bleak to not so Bleak
Passing the latitude of Lisbon this afternoon, the Vendee sailors are gradually leaving the autumnal conditions of the Bay of Biscay behind them, which clearly isn’t a bad thing. “The temperatures are slowly climbing and I spotted some baby flying fish earlier. There isn’t a real trade wind sky yet though; one thing at a time.”said Loick Peyron.
After a great start, more reminiscent of the transatlantic races than a round the world, and with some close marking worthy of round the cans racing, the solo sailors are gradually getting into the rhythm of the big circumnavigation. The hierarchy in the initial stage of this race is constantly evolving as there is little separation between the leading boats. Over the past 24 hours, Loïck Peyron, Jean-Pierre Dick, Roland Jourdain and finally Sébastien Josse have been jockeying for position at the top of the leader board. Current leader Sébastien is benefiting from a slight, but judicious, easterly separation, which he shares with Jean Le Cam. Pix are starting to come in from the boats, this one is from the very dismasted Kito de Pavant, and there are more here.