Having rounded Cape Horn around 4 days behind Francis Joyon, Thomas Coville had a fantastic inshore run up the South American coast and closed to within less than 300 miles of the record holder. Then the favorable winds ran out and today, at 2100 UTC, with just over 7 days to cover 4330 miles, Thomas is exactly 1000 miles adrift of his rival.
Some say he made a big mistake when, instead of biting the bullet and heading E or ESE to pick up better winds, he struggled north by heading for land. Is the fat lady already singing for Joyon, or can Thomas average almost 20 knots, over the last week of his circumnavigation, and take the record. Pic from Thomas. The talk is here and the videos are here.