As expected, the GGR fleet has split into two as the wind kicked in: a group of five led by Damien Guillou and Tapio Lehtinen are heading west in 25-30 knots of south westerly and 3-4 metre waves, while the rest led by Pat Lawless, Simon Curwen and Kirsten Neuchäfer are heading towards the Galician coastline in confused seas and 15-20 knots of wind. Some electrical problems for Ertan Beskardes who has had a short circuit on board which he is looking into, and Guy deBoer who has lost his HF/VHF communications.
50 years of naval architecture will cross paths during the night, as the competitors in the 3rd leg of the Solitaire du Figaro are nearing the Farallones mark in Galicia before heading mid afternoon towards Saint Nazaire. Meanwhile, in Les Sables d’Olonne, on the deserted Golden Globe dock the race against the clock continues for Spanish entrant Aleix Selles, still awaiting his AG+ mast, which is expected in the next few days. Fingers crossed!