Originally Posted by MrPelicano
I suspect the wind conditions may be very localized as they approach the finish, which could account for the speed discrepancies. Even though the little green arrows on the metéo make conditions look the same across a large area, in my experience that is seldom the case. All it takes is to sail into a hole and you will lose a lot of miles very quickly. Nothing worse than going slow while other boats pass you nearby.
And light air is where we know the scow is vulnerable and the more conventional designs have an advantage. Pedote can only hope that he can stay in decent breeze to the finish. He was only 0.8 knots slower than Marie at the last update, with 320nm to go. Fermin, with the hotter angle, was 2.5 knots faster than Delesne, which will help him remain calm for a while longer.
This has really been a superb race, even with all the RC screw-ups in the early weeks. It will be interesting to see if they change the format for future Transats and start with a short leg to Spain or Portugal, followed by a long leg to the finish. Might be the best way to deal with the tricky Bay of Biscay in the future. Getting around Finisterre was certainly brutal this year.
No, the wind seems strong, they are very close to each other and Benoit Marie keeps recovering. He is now at only 18.6nm with 284 to go and is 2k faster. Definitively I think something is wrong on Pedote's boat, maybe the sails or a rudder. It is going to be close!!!!
Garcia and Delesne keep fighting. Garcia is at less then a mile and is faster 0.2K. Now that is a battle, it seems Garcia, old boat or not, will not make the life easy to Deslene
Even if Pedote has problems he will not say anything just for not boosting Benoit moral, even if this one does not need it. A fantastic race for someone that never won a race and that never been better than 4th in any mini race. He wants to win this one badly