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Update from Campaign HQ: Tactical decisions have been made and now will play out!

At the moment Rona II holds the lead overall, ahead of Jolie Brise and Spaniel, and isheading almost directly west, slightly south of the direct route towards Bermuda.

The fleet has split into two; Rona II and Jolie Brise are in a group to the north heading west with the apparent intention of sailing a shorter route, but in what are forecast to be slightly lighter winds in a couple of days' time. The southern group, of Vahine, Spaniel and Peter von Danzig, initially headed almost perpendicular to the direct route until they were around 200 miles south, and turned west only a day ago. They are looking to sail a longer course in order to benefit from forecast stronger tradewinds to the south.

The tactical situation is intriguing. Rona II looks likely to lose her lead overall at some time today, but should benefit from her shorter route and from better wind direction in around a week. Ultimately,  being in a significantly different situation to all her direct competitors means a good chance of a significant lead in around a week... or a significant deficit. Keep watching!

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