Gabart and the wily Bidégorry took a nice wind shift on their exit from the Doldrums, keeping them further east of Sodebo. From there, in the SE'ly trades MACIF was quicker, extending first into the strengthening, lifting breeze while their single foil, set for port tack, gave them a noted speed edge on Sodebo Ultim. As they raced down the Brazilian coast MACIF was 258 miles ahead. But a the stormy low off Cabo Frio, just east of Rio, proved a final hurdle to slow them allowing Sodebo to catch miles. And when Gabart and Bidégorry sealed the maiden race triumph for MACIF this morning, their rivals were just 88 miles behind.