The top trio are currently sailing through big squalls with massive rotations in the wind. Behind them Sébastien JOSSE (VMI) may be able make up some considerable ground on the front of the fleet as there is a chance that his more southerly position will allow him to get the right side of the anticyclone ahead of him.
Further back things don't look quite so bright for Joé SEETEN (Arcelor Dunkerque), Conrad HUMPHREYS (Hellomoto) and Bruce SCHWAB (Ocean Planet). They are all in a depression giving them 45 knot averages and gusts of up to 60 knots, torn between heading further south off course into less wind with an increased risk of encountering icebergs or toughing it out on a better course in bigger winds.
Nearly 6000 miles from the front of the fleet, Karen LEIBOVICI may well be caught by a warm front on Wednesday evening and then a cold front on Thursday evening, the latter giving her 30/40 knot winds and big seas. At her current speed, she may outpace the system though.