Alain Gautier:Over the last 72 hours we saw Gabart faster by 1 knot on average as he made up 70 miles on Armel in 72 hours time. We have the feeling he's got something more. I don't think he's over pushing his boat, maybe a different sail because 1 knot difference isn't that huge. It shows a slight difference which is interesting, a little like what Michel Desjoyaux did four years ago. Very interesting. We'll find out more when they come out of the Great South and hopefully reveal their secrets.
While waiting for these revelations, François Gabart and Armel Le Cleac'h pursue their 'Mano a Mano', while Jean-Pierre Dick stays out of the way by about 80 miles.
Bernard Stamm is henceforth 4th because Alex Thomson went up North. Is he off to something or preserving the state of his boat? That is the question. Once again, the englishman collided a Foni (floating object non identified), breaking his hydrogenerator and finds himself with the same repairs he had to cope with a month ago. This incident makes it impossible for him to transmit on board images (no one has today for that matter, except the bold Arnaud Boissieres)