French navy ship Thétis shot some video and talked to the skippers as they passed through the big flat patch yesterday.
This morning, Jann Eliés is still in the lead, and Morgan Lagravière has slipped in between him and Fabian Delahaye. After being overtaken by Sam Goodchild in yesterday’s chaos, Nick Cherry has closed the gap. Nick is on the western side of the pack, in 22nd position and doing 9.5 knots, but Sam is way out to the west, presumably intending to put the falling breeze more on the beam as he approaches Gijòn and sail faster than the pack. Surprisingly, he’s going faster than Nick right now, in spite of having the wind further aft. There must be local breezes that don’t show up on the tracker.