Grupama is making a big gamble. I guess that has to do with the conditions in 48h (play with the weather in the tracker). Till then Groupama will have less pressure but more favorable winds and I guess would lose slightly to the others. If I am seeing right he is pointing to pass near canary Islands and the others near Madeira. After 48 hours the Madeira group will have strong head wind while Groupama will have slightly weaker but better wind and then it will win a lot.
But the timing should be perfect. More complicated for Groupama because it is always easier when you have lots of wind even if it is not pointing in the better direction. Anyway, very interesting. If Cammas can pull this off, it would be brilliant
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