After the excitement of the earlier record breaking speeds amongst the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, things have started to quieten down a little, all the yachts have slowed up to an average of under 18 knots.
The wind speeds are also on their way down - in some cases to as little as 10 knots of breeze, although this will be making uncomfortable living conditions onboard, as Roger Nilson onboard Amer Sport One described the sea state as still being rough. It seems that the last 24 hours has taken its toll in many ways around the fleet, with everyone pushing hard to obtain that last bit of speed, Amer Sport One, djuice and SEB have all managed to push a little too hard and have been frantically mending blown out sails, trying to get them back in good order, only to go through the whole pattern of pushing to the limit once again.
One thing is consistent though, illbruck has managed to increase her lead once more, she is now 21 miles ahead of Tyco in second place, who in turn is still managing to squeeze ahead and gain a little more distance over ASSA ABLOY. Further back djuice has lost another 11 miles on the leaders, and is currently 72 miles behind illbruck, whereas the girls on Amer Sport Too have again lost the most miles and are 130 miles behind the leaders. With the wind due to stay light for the leaders, maybe there is a chance that the fleet will close up once again and make for an interesting dash into La Rochelle.
Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 4, 0403 GMT