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Complex areas ahead

Well set on his western route, Hurricane is again opening the virtual sailors route. Unfortunately, the lead armada, being in the West, in the middle or in the East is bumping into a wide windless zone. Behind them, being pushed by a wind of more than 20 kts, the hunters’ speeds are much more conducive to long surfs and enable some to make up their lost time. 2,000 miles away from the Equator and with a lateral gap of more than 600 miles, the climbing of the Atlantic Ocean is going to be tense and uncertain, as no one has yet found the miracle recipe to take a definite advantage. We’ll have to wait the crossing of the St Helena high in order to get a first trend.

Always in, and one time in the lead before Cape Horn, Nistagmus tells us about his strategy and his way of playing.

«We’ll have to tackle a complicated zone in the coming hours. But I think that there is a quite interesting route along Brazil, with rather strong winds. Since then, we’ll have to manoeuver a bit, that means we’ll have to stay focused. I will then keep on sailing due North and hope to cross the Equator between the 30° and 31st West longitude in order to try to stand out. Just before Cape Horn, I have been very penalised by the conditions and, if I want to stand out, I have to get out of train. My working method is rather simple: I set my strategy in the morning and the evening, and thanks to the app, I do log in during the day to check if everything is OK. My goal is to reach the best possible rank, even the top one; but it’s quite pretentious because there are very good virtual sailors ahead. We have to cross the Equator and then come the Azores High, which is no trifling matter. I very surprise to be side by side with Banque Populaire, the colours of which I do bear; but the advantage we have is that we can sail amidst storms, sat nice and cosy at home without taking any risk. I communicate with some players like Laissebeton; it’s quite cool anyway. We cry together when there is not enough wind and the option is not good, as it has been the case when we passed Cape Horn. It’s cool anyway to be able to exchange like this. 4 years ago, I had no time to give all to the race, but this year my student schedule allows me to be a bit more focused on the game.» Lucas, 20, is a Business School student in Lyon is also an occasional sailor but with already a good mastering of the game. Nistagmus is currently 61st.

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