They are admittedly not so many in the Northern Hemisphere, but this symbolic crossing of the Equator means a lot on a race around the world. Yet, the ranks of NZ-Eligo « IST », Istishia and phosphorIST, first lead climbers on the globe’s northern face, do not show that they crossed it in first position, because the race’s leaders, being positioned in the East, have less distance to sail to les Sables d’Olonne. But, for these lead climbers and their followers, the Doldrums crossing should be a mere formality, as they already getting the first signs of a NE’ly wind. For the others, by contrast, dead calms are seriously threatening the leaders and the crossing of this subtropical zone that is shifting to the West will be more complicated. The firsts to escape will quite probably be the Istishia’s gang, but they will nevertheless have to reposition themselves in the East at one moment. Further aback, the trade winds are enabling many players to make good and quick headway northbound. The very eastern position of some sailors seems much better than the situation of many players stuck along the Brazilian coast. At 11:30 p.m. provisory general ranking, MBpneu Plouescat 29, Malo1Dabord and Andy Cap are leading the fleet.
Who is the most chosen sponsor?
At the time of your registration, you have had the possibility to choose either the colours of a skipper, of Virtual Regatta or of the boat supporting the farmers. So, after 62 days of race, who’s got the palm of the most chosen one?
Well, and this is not a surprise, it’s Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson’s splendid and very aesthetic boat that wins the award with 77,733 virtual boats. In second position, comes Armel le Cleac’h’s Banque Populaire and her 56,506 representatives, before the 42,538 pink Virtual Regatta boats.
In fourth, 41,585 Players have chosen Tanguy de Lamotte’s Initative Cœur. In fifth, the boat supporting the farmers has been picked 30,953 times and, finally, Vincent Riou’s PRB, sixth, has attracted 23,272 players.
Atlantic Sprint Day +3
The Sprint Atlantic fleet is currently hitting a wall. It’s the Doldrums wall that is literally gluing the virtual sailors. All are trying to find an exit door but they will have to wait at least 12 hours before hoping getting a more sustained breath in order to reach speeds close to 5 knots.
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