Armel was the only one that tried to pass the gate on the most direct route and has I have previewed he got caught in weak winds and is making only 5.8k speed. He will be in trouble for 10 hours or so. If he can make it still in the lead he will will be deserving the title of Champion of the weak winds: That's the second time he have attempted a stunt like that. The first time all specialists were saying that he would not make it without losing lots of time... and he did it. Can he make it a second time?
All the others have followed Alex and dived South. Alex is already changed course and is pointing to the gate and the others will follow soon.
In fact it seems that on this Video, that has posted more recently than the last course actualization, François is already pointing to the gate...at speed. However after crossing it he will also have a zone with weak winds and he knows that when he says: "I am going to cross the gate and after that...we will see"
Armel Le Cléac'h avant la porte Crozet por VendeeGlobeTV
The organization is giving first place to François but I think that Armel has played masterfully again: Maybe he will lose some miles now but then we will be much more South then the others, getting more wind and going like a rocket.
I hope he gets lucky with the icebergs because I think he is going to dive South, a lot, before turning to the next gate and somewhere along the way he has a very good chance to beat the 24 hours world speed record again on this race.
Regarding speed, Alex told the press that he had been several times over 30K
. One man on a boat over 30K, that is frightening. One thing is going over 30 on a VOR with 11 guys, one at the wheel and two guys controlling each sail. One guy controlling everything at over 30K? Jesus
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