The start, the Channel and its traps are behind the Imoca Fives – Lantana Environnement: that's a very good thing! This dangerous first night now gone, and only 17 hours after this Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe started, the first strategic options are already clearly visible with two path choices. Heading South for the main fleet and full front for Louis!
This tactical choice boosts him this morning in pole position as he sails the closest to the main path, while other competitors prefered going South once having reached Brittany's tip.
Heading right to the front!
Heading West, our Fives – Lantana Environnement skipper searches for the first depression front competitors will have to manage. As Louis was explaining before the race start, "Anyway, we'll have to go through this front. Now remains to be seen where!"
The majority of solo racers prefered avoiding most of the depression gliding South, at the expanse of increasing the length of their trajectory. Louis made the choice to head towards it!
In the next 24 hours, he will be in the heavy part of this system with continuous winds of 35 to 40 knots and a heavy sea. The next 36 to 48 hours, facing the wind and the sea, won't be easy. Caution and safety will be the keywords. Thankfully, our Norman knows those.
Behind this front, he should benefit from a favorable medium air, allowing him to glide towards the Azores. It is expected to give him better conditions and faster reach than the rest of the fleet.
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