Is Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) through the Doldrums already? You might think so looking at the speeds, but we will only know for certain in the morning.
Le Cléac’h was making just 1.8 knots four hours ago and now he’s flying at 9.1 knots. He has averaged 7.2 knots in the last four hours and has headed south-west.
In the only change since the last ranking at 1600hrs (French time), Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) moved past Francois Gabart (Macif) into second – albeit with only 0.9 miles between them - and was averaging 5 knots compared to Gabart’s 3.3.
If Cléac’h is through, the race to catch the first low-pressure weather system south into the Roaring 40s is on.