- Maxi Spindrift 2
Having finally escaped the area of high pressure, Spindrift 2 picked up the trade winds during the night. Still lying in second position in winds that are once again ideal for high speeds, Yann Guichard is using the full power of his trimaran, and was racing ahead comfortably at a rate of more than 26 knots this morning.
Yann was the first to escape the high-pressure zone that was holding back the field and is now extending his lead over the rest of the chasers. He lies 140 nautical miles ahead of Lionel Lemonchois, and has left Francis Joyon trailing by 250 nautical miles.
With more than half the course now complete, Yann is well placed, with the winds he will require to get back on the front foot by taking a more southerly route. Meanwhile race leader Loïck Peyron, with his 174 nautical miles lead, continues to take a more direct route. An exciting, action-packed second half of the Route du Rhum promises, with relatively calm trade winds which could still throw in a few surprises.
Weather forecast by Rochard Silvani:
"Azores High to the north, heading for the trades!
It was a tough day yesterday for Spindrift 2, as it passed through a high-pressure ridge with no wind, but the trimaran is now sailing in moderate north-northeasterly winds, which are likely to gradually veer to the right over the course of today and tonight.
The plan will be to move towards the centre of the high-pressure system before making a sharp turn, thus following an inverted V-shaped trajectory.
Over the next few days the competitors can expect to be busy with plenty of gybing manoeuvres in full sail."