The Ocean Race fleet is climbing the ladder towards the equator step by step. For GUYOT environnement – Team Europe, this was combined with a successful race to catch up after getting caught in the wind shadow of São Vicente on the first night of the second leg and falling 30 nautical miles behind. On the second night, the team with skipper Robert Stanjek as well as Sébastien Simon, Anne-Claire Le Berre, Phillip Kasüske and onboard reporter Charles Drapeau worked their way back to the competitors, even managing to move up to fourth place among the five boats.
“We have worked our way back up, we are in contact with the fleet. That’s great,” said Robert Stanjek as Team Malizia’s position lights came into view during the night. “Seb has positioned us a bit windward of them so we are in a perfect position to control the action. I am very happy that we can now compare ourselves directly with another boat. That is very good. Just sailing by the numbers is difficult. Great to have a boat close now.”