By Day 7, though, things began to look up. PUMA had turned east and was flying at twice the speed of everyone else. The crew was beginning to see the light at the end of the lonely tunnel, too. “Full main, big jib, staysail. We appear to be OK. Our lonesome detour to the north hasn’t ended in self-destruction, we don’t find ourselves hundreds of miles behind, and by all means we are back in this race. A lot sooner than expected, too, I might add,” wrote Amory in his daily blog. “Regardless of what the next few days of sailing brings, the important thing is that PUMA has some swagger back. The guys are smiling, spirits are high, and we’ve mostly forgotten the last week of torture in favor of more recent reaching pleasantries. I say mostly because everyone owns some lingering bumps and bruises we tend to revisit now and again.” By now, the rest of the fleet had a choice: go north and consolidate with PUMA or split and take the southerly road, and hope to sail fewer miles. Groupama and Abu Dhabi elected to go north, while CAMPER and Telefonica took the southerly route.