According to Walker, the Doldrums are reasonably narrow and have quite a lot of wind in them and it is by no means certain that the fleet will stop at all and it is less likely that Walker’s team can improve on their fifth-place position.
Speaking of his strategy, Walker said, “We will just follow those guys in. We will compress into the back of them, maybe setup slightly to the west so that we have a faster angle in, and then once we see what happens to them, we can reassess. We will have roughly three hours to assess and move our east west position".
The first three boats have already started to slow to 10 knots or so, almost half that Ian Walker’s crew who hopes to reel them back in, but Walker says it’s not just about the fleet compressing. He has to get Azzam level or even past another boat to be in with a chance of a podium finish, otherwise it is likely that Groupama 4 will just extend away on the other side of the Doldrums in the fresh westerly breeze which is waiting for them.