TROUSSEL chose the second option, diving deep to the south and profiting from near ideal conditions. After seeing the more northerly boats move into a big lead, TROUSSEL was able to pick up speed and haul in the leaders and his daily averages increased rapidly.
On 9 April, TROUSSEL jumped from 16th to 3rd in the classification. His main rivals were now CAUDRELIER and ROUXEL, and TROUSSEL elected to dive further south again in the hope of gaining a bit of crucial extra wind. The move worked - as CAUDRELIER put it, 'Nico is winning his bet.'
The gamble south had paid off and TROUSSEL took the gun in Guadeloupe last night. He completed the course from Belle-Ile-en-Mer, France in 21 days, 9 hours, 11 minutes and 45 seconds at an average speed of 6.68 knots. ROUXEL came in second, just under 1 hour behind, with CAUDRELIER another 1 hour and 17 minutes further back.