As the front runners head for the equator and the back of the fleet rounds the Cape Horn, emotions have been running high. For those rounding the notorious South American headland the passage marks a major milestone in their trip irrespective as to whether they are rookie or rock star. At the front of the fleet, the sprint to the finish in Les Sables D'Olonne is getting very stressful with just a few miles separating the leading boats and some tricky conditions to negotiate. Steve Ancsell reports.