What an exciting race it is! Since Sunday night Loick Peyron and Jean Le Cam have each held the lead 5 times, though it now looks as though Peyron might have escaped from the rest. Behind Peyron and the other two leaders, the fleet is bunching up, as the east-west options converge before the Doldrums. Dominique Wavre, for example, who distanced himself around a hundred miles offshore of the Cape Verde archipelago, succeeded in limiting the impact of the wind shadow from the islands and gained 80 miles on the leader in 48 hours is still hanging onto wind in his sails. Meawhile Roxy, which sailed around sixty miles from the islands, got trapped in its throes and dropped back in the ranking.
Those favouring an E’ly option, such as Akéna Vérandas, seemed to have been benefiting from a steadier wind, but it seems likely that they’ll have to shift over to the west sooner or later, as they line up for the Doldrums, and concede some precious miles to the rest of the fleet. Meanwhile, near the back of the field, Bernard Stamm has been the fastest boat in the fleet for 24 hours and is making inroads into the huge deficit he built up, whilst back in Les Sables after a collision with a cargo vessel. The stories are on SA Sailing News and the pix are here.