The challengers for The Race are at last benefiting from a lull in the weather.
All have now left the ports in which they had taken shelter these last few days from the very poor weather conditions. Meanwhile in the Mediteranian, Club Med and Innovation Explorer, already in the Mediterranean, are getting set for a first duel.
The whereabouts of the boats
Team Legato of Briton Tony Bullimore entered Bristol Channel Thursday morning at 0900.
PlayStation led by American Steve Fossett also left at 0900 Thursday morning from Falmouth (UK) where he holed up last week.
Warta Polpharma of Polish skipper Roman Paszke, moored in front of the Multiplast yard for several days, also set sail today at midday Thursday, heading for the Bay of Biscay.
Team Adventure of American Cam Lewis took on stores and left the port of La Coruna at 1200 GMT Thursday.
Before going to the Catalonian capital, Grant Dalton (NZ), skipper of Club MEd and Loick Peyron (Fra), skipper of Innovation Explorer really want a confrontation and are getting ready for a symbolic match as a salute to Marseilles, which is preparing to welcome the finish of The Race in the early days of March 2001. If this weekend you happen to be passing along the coast between Antibes and Marseilles, and you see two monsters side by side at 30 knots, it'll be because they managed to pull it off!
The boats are expected in Barcelona between Monday and Wednesday. Further south still, The Race Rescue boat led by Alain Gabbay and his crew were 200 miles south of the Canaries and have picked up the trade winds. They can at last benefit from comfortable sailing conditions and get a little rest.
In an interview in The daily telegraph Newspaper in London, Skipper Pete Goss has praised the designer of the radical 120ft catamaran Team Philips which he and his six crewmates abandoned in atrocious conditions in the North Atlantic last Sunday.
Read the story on the Daily Telegraph website. There is also more on Quokka Sport