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You can see already different strategies;

Transat AG2R La Mondiale 2010

Jeanne, on the West, is going for the wind. She is making at least more half a knot than everybody, except Miguel Danet that has chosen the same option and is close behind. It looks to me a good choice. They have more wind in front, compared to the main pack.

Richard Ledee (on the East) has chosen the opposite: The rhumb line, the shortest distance, but he is going to run out of wind. Not looking good for him.

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Paulo,

After a couple of days, yes you can start to see the differences in strategies, along with whom is probably the better sailor, or whom caught the wind break etc. as of 7:19PDT there is about 90 miles from the front runners to the rear person.

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Good move from Jeanne. Not only she managed to close on the leader as she had sucessefully moved to the central pack. Very weak wind ahead and the ones that jeanne just joined seem to be the ones on the best position to cross the weak wind patch.

Great job by Gildas Morvan, Kito De Pavan, Armel, Yannick le Clech and Armel. They (with Jeanne) are in the right position to control the race ...for now

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Marty,

I confess that I had not understood the last Jeanne move. Why was she pulling away from the leaders, going east? They had more wind and were and are faster. Well it seems that for the next hours she can pick more wind going that way. If she can pull it off it would be an amazing feat. She is trying for the lead. First going to West, now going to East....I believe she is the one that has made more miles

Sam Davies seems also well positioned for a recovery.

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nite dude!

Heading out for an evening sail in about an hour for a practice with race crew!

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I envy you . This year I am without a boat. Have to wait till the summer.

Jeanne strategy turned out just ok. She maintains about the same position and the winner of the night was the leader, Armel Tripon that has made a bold change of direction, going East. It paid out, he got wind again. He is the fastest at this moment.

But just ahead there are very interesting different route options. I believe that we will see some going more near the Portuguese coast. I have never saw Cabo S„o Vicente without wind, and I believe that I am not the only one that knows that. If they do that they can have more wind and, after passing the Portuguese coast, have the wind on a better angle.

Sam Davies that was one of last night winners is on a good position to try that move...in about 4 to 6 hours.

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PS- Marty, have you tried to go back and forward with the cursor on the bottom of the map?

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Paulo,

I do not know the winds around that area much, nor do I have a wind/weather map to look at. BUT, it interesting now that they have all turned slightly south, to see how far apart the boats really are, who is going for what windshift/trade wind or equal.

Had a good sail last night, only hit 6 knots a few times, otherwise 2-5 knots. but got to try a few things with my AS up that in higher winds it would have been harder to try for the first time, like poling out the tack to see how far downwind one can go etc. had a new crew on board too, so lighter can be better. 8am here, so off to work.

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I do not know the winds around that area much, nor do I have a wind/weather map to look at. BUT, it interesting now that they have all turned slightly south, to see how far apart the boats really are, who is going for what windshift/trade wind or equal.

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IT seems that you are missing half the fun...I mean about following the race. Yes you have a wind map. On the race map, put the map smaller (on the top) then click on the arrows (top) and you will have the wind, in real time.

On the botom of the map, (right) where it says "previsions" you can go forward till a 36 hours prevision. Then you have just to calculate the boat position at that time and you will be able to make a guess about what is the right option for each boat...an then see what they really do. It is fun and you will learn a lot...and see how good this guys are.

Try also what I was saying on the bottom of the last post...and you will see that they have been changing courses all the time, trying to get the better of the weak and variable wind.

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Jeanne is again the fastest of the pack (8,7K with 10k wind) and she and the 4 boats that surround her seems to be on the right spot and on the right course for having the better wind ahead. East of them, Sam Davies is also on a good course.

The leader will lose speed or will have to change course.

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Paulo,

Just above the top of the map, I hit the far right box of 5 together, that appeared to put a wind amount and direction out of my mouse arrow. One can see a bit more, will see what else I can click and figure out more. Need to remember the french from High school!

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