At the front of the Vendée-Arctique race, Frenchman Jérémy Beyou (Charal) and Charlie Dalin (APIVIA) battle for the lead as the fleet consolidates.
The leading group are 300 nm from the northern waypoint on the Polar Circle, creeping along with six or seven knots of boatspeed in very light winds.
Third placed Thomas Ruyant on LinkedOut is under pressure from Britain’s Samantha Davies (Initiatives Coeur) who moves into fourth.
Kevin Escoffier (PRB) in fifth has recovered some distance after damaging his main earlier.
Davies has been enjoying the easier conditions and has reported that her boat is in good condition.
Germany’s Boris Herrmann (SeaExplorer) is now sixth.
All the skippers are feeling the cooler temperatures as they head north towards Iceland and the shorter nights too with just four or five hours of darkness.
Leading positions Wednesday at 19:30 hrs (FRA):
1st APIVIA – Charlie Dalin DTF 1727 nm
2nd Charal – Jérémie Beyou +1.9 nm
3rd LinkedOut – Thomas Ruyant +43 nm
4th Initiatives – Coeur – Samantha Davies +68 nm
5th PRB – Kévin Escoffier +69 nm
6th SeaExplorer – YC de Monaco – Boris Herrmann +73 nm
7th MACSF – Isabelle Joschke +78 nm
8th Maître CoQ – Yannick Bestaven +81 nm
9th Banque Populaire X – Clarisse Crémer +94 nm
10th NewRest – Art et Fenetres – Fabrice Amedeo +114 nm
11th V and B – Mayenne – Maxime Sorel +116 nm