Looking at the latest race viewer Barclays and SAIC may be confused as to which race they're currently in, having taken a massive flyer last night and headed out west and towards the USA it appears!
They've lost valuable miles on the leading pack but are searching for the predicted new breeze, which is due in later today. However they're currently sat in absolutely no wind, alongside one another, as skipper Eero LEHINTEN, in his usual humorous style told Race HQ: "Fenders out for Barclays...no bloody wind, see you in July!"
The forecast wind of force 4 or 5 occasionally 6 should see their gamble pay off though and put them in a much better position to reach the first Waypoint (Alpha).
Still out in the lead is Clive COSBY'S yacht, Team Seven, neck and neck with Dave MELVILLE'S BP Explorer. Snapping at their heels in third place is Besso, whose problem with their Yankee 1 doesn't seem to be affecting their progress. Save the Children is edging up in fourth place, followed by The Firm, then Kunachi with the gamblers - Barclays and SAIC - in joint last place.
As the teams battle it out in the Irish Sea, tactics are crucial as they encounter the tidal anomalies of the Atlantic and need to decide whether to remain conservative or move away from the pack and trust the predicted forecasts. Time will tell but keep watching this space and we'll keep you updated.
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