The foundation of that strategy, according to Dalton, was to maintain a southerly position after rounding the waypoint of the Ilha Trinidade, which they did on the morning of Oct. 15, rounding the island fifth. "We came round Trinidade and headed south, no questions, no discussion," Dalton said in an e-mail. "Then an interesting thing happened. News Corp and Tyco crossed our bow headed east ... as the wind swung, favoring that side, we tacked with them after a 1.5-hour discussion. Dee [Smith] convinced us that it was the right short term thing to do. As soon as we could, we got back onto starboard to resume our original strategy, and, shit, suddenly we ended up in the lead, be it a very fragile lead."