Anticyclonic bubbles…
A second night at sea for Gitana Eighty, a first for Gitana 11, and a complex situation all round. Hampered by the weakness of the weather conditions at the start, Gitana 11 has been forced to go it alone. Gitana Eighty, meanwhile, emerged without problems from a difficult passage.

Gitana 11 is currently lying fourth in the fleet of Orma multihulls, forty miles behind the leader Pascal Bidégorry. Given the fact that their boat is not entirely comfortable in light air – due to an anticyclonic bubble -, Lionel Lemonchois and Yann Guichard have been forced to take a different route, which explains the gap between them and the other competitors with lighter boats. In this morning's radio chat, the crew were still the epitome of calm, riding out their bad luck patiently while awaiting the advent of more favourable conditions.

Gitana Eighty, meanwhile, emerged with verve from an equally tricky night, as for the monohull fleet, the night was also characterised by an anticyclonic bubble. In the ocean off Ouessant Island, several passage options presented themselves to the boats, with only Safran opting for the riskiest. That proved to be the most advantageous too, as Safran pulled well clear of a group led by Loïck Peyron and Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant, followed by Michel Desjoyeaux and Kito de Pavant. Morale on board Gitana Eighty is in fine fettle, with the only thing bothering Loïck Peyron when contacted this morning was whether the food on board the boat would last all the way to Salvador de Bahia.

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