The Race - 1230 - 11/1/01
We can see from the image (above) that Dalton and Lewis have maintained their neck and neck chase down the Atlantic. Team Adventure has continued to open out the leverage by sailing a little lower and - in theory - faster, but he's still losing. That may be as much because the ranking's are calculated to a position to the south-east, and Dalton is sailing closer to that course. But it still looks like Club Med is further south, and that's more likely to count in the race to the Southern Ocean.
Both these boats are easing across the bows of Loick Peyron and Innovation Explorer (green), and that will bring an end to the bold French move to the west prior to the Doldrums crossing. As we discussed a couple of days ago, the easterly position is really paying off for Dalts and Lewis now they are in the south-east trades - and Innovation Explorer was all the way back to 248 miles behind Club Med by 1100 GMT this morning.
From here it's going to be a boat speed race for a while, in the weather picture above we can see the South Atlantic or St Helena High is still ruling the roost, and the target remains that narrow strip of northerly breeze running down its western edge.
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Map images courtesy of Virtual Spectator, click here to go to The Race site for a free download of the software.