Only a good 600 nautical miles for the mini speedsters. Average of the first so far: eight to nine knots! Christian Kargl in midfield.
Nothing has changed at the very top of the field. Means that favorite Douguet Corentin with his “E. Leclerc / Bouygues Telecom”continues to lead.
With stages of over 200 miles, the front third of the field storms towards the stage stop in Lanzarote. The official weather forecasts (www.meteofrance.com) already indicate that the Minis have reached the zone of steady trade winds and that the northeast wind will accompany the boats for longer.
One change affects the series class (the two "fields" are in principle one, individual buildings and series boats sail side by side). Here the Frenchman Sylvain Pontu pushed the Belgian Peter Laureyssens into third place. A more westerly route was decisive here.
The Austrian Christian Kargl ("primnautica") continues to sail in midfield in 56th place. Irony: The Pogo I with the number 320 and the name "Lop lop", which Boris Herrmann sailed across the Atlantic in 2001 under the name "Global Crossing", is only six miles behind Kargl.
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