Around 600 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, Louis Burton looks like he is heading for seventh place, unless there is a major upset, as Bureau Vallée is around a thousand miles ahead of the Hungarian Nandor Fa (Spirit of Hungary). Louis has around a week of sailing left and is expected to arrive in Les Sables d'Olonne on 31st January or 1st February. Nandor Fa, eighth, is 470 miles from the Equator and is due back in the Northern Hemisphere tomorrow evening. The Doldrums are not looking very active for him. Close to the coast of Brazil, less than 200 miles from Rio, Eric Bellion (CommeUnSeulHomme) is struggling to make headway towards the north, but is still 200 miles ahead of the New Zealander, Conrad Colman (Foresight Natural Energy). Arnaud Boissières and Fabrice Amedeo, 600 miles further back and further east are in with a chance of catching them. During the night, La Mie Câline overtook Newrest-Matmut to move into eleventh place, but the group of four in this zone (Boissières, Amedeo, Wilson et Roura) still have to get away from the claws of the St.Helena high. The steady trade winds are still a thousand miles north of them. To the north of the Falklands, Didac Costa (One Planet One Ocean) has extended his lead over Romain Attanasio (Famille Mary-Etamine du Lys), after the latter had to deal with very light winds early in the night. Costa is 130 miles ahead of Attanasio this morning. Dutch sailor, Pieter Heerema (No Way Back) is 440 miles from Cape Horn, while Sébastien Destremau (TechnoFirst-FaceOcean) in 18th place still has 1500 miles to sail to round the tip of South America.