The two competitors still in The Race are waging a battle of tactics.
The boats are covering each other and it will be difficult for Warta-Polpharma to pass Team Legatto. Both boats have picked up the North-East tradewinds which should now take them as far as the Canaries. Team Legato positioned well to the east has a considerable advantage over Warta-Polpharma. North-East trades means beating to windward, which is not very comfortable. Its slamming and its wet, in short, the sooner it?s over the better.
After crossing the Equator yesterday, Tony Bullimore was a little bogged down in the Doldrums and lost a few miles to Roman Paszke, who is keen to get to grips with the Englishman as quickly as possible. This morning, Tony has got going again and taken back the lost miles from the Pole, to whom he takes his hat off for having got back into the race so quickly after experiencing such a serious breakage.
The Poles aboard Warta-Polpharma are happy in a good 17 to 22 knot wind and under warm sunshine: 26?C! They have two preocuppations: reaching Gibraltar before the English but also they must continue to spare their machine on the advice of Multiplast. So Romain has today chosen to head NNW, instead of going for the quickest route. The boat is making good speed and is not suffering so much from the choppy sea, but it is not the most favourable course.
Both boats are about 3000 miles away from Marseilles.