In the final seconds before the start, Botin, at the helm, fires off commands to Santurde who dashes from winch to winch, fine-tuning the sail trim. Fifteen minutes into the race, their intensity pays off as they cruise by their competitors on Pleiad and Earendil; but the Frenchmen give chase. Earendil, their primary competition, is crewed by Catheerine Pourre and Antoine Carpentier, winner of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. "Los Francais," as Santurde and Gonzalez call them, are right back on their tail in no time. Earendil steers a course to leeward of them, and when Santurde and Botin think they shook them, the Frenchmen climb to windward instead.