The horizon is clearing for the competitors caught in the mess over New Zealand. A low is developing to the east of the islands and a westerly flow will be building late today joining up with another low further south. Joé SEETEN (Arcelor Dunkerque), who will have paid quite dearly, Bruce SCHWAB (Ocean Planet) out to the west, Conrad HUMPHREYS (Hellomoto) and Benoit PARNAUDEAU (Max Havelaar-Best Western) to the south will each be taking off again shortly. Anne LIARDET will have to remain patient for a bit longer, but will make it out of there too. However, things are looking less positive for Patrice CARPENTIER (VM Matériaux) as a little low between Tasmania and New Zealand will be slowing them down, as they struggle upwind in the south easterlies. Patrice may even see Raphaël DINELLI and his Akena Vérandas creeping up on him. Karen LEIBOVICI (Benefic) wished for some wind for the New Year. The high-pressure area around her has not been listening. Stuck behind the front, the young woman has some sunshine, but is being forced to admit that the high has taken over.