(Photo is courtesy of www.vendeeglobe.org and the Gitana team.)
Meanwhile, here's the latest from Derek Hatfield. He sent this dispatch today:
Hello from Algimouss Spirit of Canada
Position: 30 31.142 N X 19 26.222 W
I have been attempting to deal with a battery/charging problem for the past day so I may have suffered a little bit in the standings on the fleet. This problem was caused by the storm just after the start in the Bay of Biscay and it was not detected when we returned to the start line. I am more or less back up to speed now but watching the batteries very closely as I have not been able to solve the problem. I will continue to work on a solution.
Otherwise everything is good on board. The sailing is fantastic and the weather nice. More soon