At the 1900hrs position report last night, DAVIES had moved up to second but considering the five leading boats are now within 21 miles of each other, it is no surprise to see places changing so rapidly. Further place changing is expected today as the fleet continue to compress averaging speeds between five and seven knots.
DAVIES was not alone on the water yesterday, after spending the afternoon sailing alongside CAUDRELIER with MORVAN just in front, 'It's quite nice to gauge my speed against them,' said DAVIES, 'and it was good to have Gildas and Charles next to me because they're really fast!'
Conditions are forecasted to improve today as the sea breeze fills in later on. The next 36 hours will see the fleet gybing downwind, hopefully creating easier sailing conditions. Due to the closeness of this race, and their competitiveness, the twelve skippers are being forced into racing with the strategy they would normally adopt in a normal short race - minimal sleep and maximum time at the helm. After racing 3,800nm across the Atlantic this is not recommended. As DAVIES says, 'I think everyone's going to collapse at the end of this race!'