This Sunday saw the start of the Vendée Globe Atlantic Wayback e-series between Cape Horn and Les Sables d'Olonne, the final race in the Vendée Globe e-series, a virtual round-the-world race divided into three mythical capes.
Right from the start of the race, the players had to think hard to find the most appropriate route. The weather models were certainly opting for a rapid climb to the west of the Falklands. However, the European ECMWF model suggested the possibility of heading due east for a dip before heading north again a few days later.
So far, it's the first option that has taken the lead. At 22h30 on Wednesday 13th, here are the top three:
1 - juju456 - BSP
2 - JoeLeBarbot - BSP
3 - Amity - TP83
In the team rankings, after just over 72 hours of racing, INC - Bureau Vallée are leading the way ahead of the Black Sailing Project team and the EXTAZ SEA team.
But the race is still in its early stages, and the 16 386 virtual skippers can expect to see a number of twists and turns depending on the weather conditions.
Nevertheless, the next 4-5 days look fairly calm for the leading group, with no complex weather systems to contend with as they alternate between reaching sails and staysails.