With the third night - if you can call the few hours of twilight a night - is approaching, it is time to have a look at strategy and tactics.
TSAAR PETER have manoeuvred themselves into a fairly solid position – unless luck comes into play which can play a part in sailing. However sophisticated our forecasts are these days, things are changing rapidly once the forecast is confronted with reality.
The latest routing would indicate them finishing just 37 minutes ahead of SPIRIT OF EUROPE, and BRONENOSEC just another 5 minutes behind them.
Tomorrow’s choice of position will be crucial, after rounding Bornholm the wind looks as though it might die down to less than 5 knots, and it will be a struggle to use any cloud, sea breeze off of Falster and plenty of concentration to keep the boats moving.
With all boats having access to tracking data, there might be a good thing coming for PETITE FLAMME who brings up the rear. Having trailed the fleet for more than 20 miles at a time, their tactical choice of the more westerly course has paid off and put them back in touch with the fleet. If they manage to monitor the other guys they may find their personal breeze in the middle to close up.
“Personally, if I were navigator on one of the boats, I’d be struggling to come up with a decent game plan”, says Race Officer Stefan Kunstmann. “Obviously the guys on board are much better anyway, and I’m prepared to learn a thing or two about which tactics will win this night – and who will be able to concentrate through the light patches tomorrow. It remains an exciting race.”