opinion. Some put the indicator on to move to the left more quickly (Edmond de Rothschild, SMA). It allows them to have a shorter route, but at a slower speed. Hugo Boss has chosen a little longer route, but at higher speed, with a better angle. Banque Populaire is following Hugo Boss's trajectory, but is probably temporarily slowed down by a line of squalls which we can spot east of PRB on the sat picture (the little white band).
While the leaders sail in the trade winds, the second part of the fleet still has to fight with the squalls and the light winds in the doldrums.
We shall see in a few days which was the best choice: a longer route at a higher speed or a shorter one at a slower speed.