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The temperatures are rising on the racecourse as the Around Alone fleet skirt the coastline past Recife with a light easterly breeze and at 7 degrees south are nearing the brutal heat of the Equator. The Class 1 boats averaging 10 knots boatspeed and yet again the leaderboard has been shaken up.

At dawn, Italian skipper Simone Bianchetti on Tiscali held the lead as the boat furthest inshore. Thierry Dubois on Solidaires has opted to stay further offshore and so has dropped back in the latest positions. With these two boats on either side, current leg leader Bernard Stamm seems to be displaying his usual tactic of 'if you push, I push harder', as Bobst Group - Armor Lux yo-yo's back up to first place.  more...

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