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Volvo Prologue - MAPFRE lead into Med

Skipper Xabi Fernández's MAPFRE crew is leading after passing through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday afternoon.

Due to a lack of wind, the finish line for the Prologue will be at Cabo de Gata. The boats are expected to arrive in Alicante on Thursday.

MAPFRE have a slender 2.6 nm lead on Team Brunel, who were themselves 36 miles ahead of third-placed Turn the Tide on Plastic.

Dee Caffari’s team went from zeroes to heroes overnight Monday, in large part by making a late break to the coast earlier in the day.

Although too late to catch MAPFRE and Team Brunel, they sailed past the four boats parked further offshore.

The strong headwinds the fleet experience in the Strait will give way to light 5 to 10 knot northeasterlies in the Alboran Sea on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

This will push the ETA for the leaders into the early hours on Thursday morning, with the rest of the fleet arriving throughout the day, a public holiday in Alicante.

Volvo Ocean Race Prologue Leg – Position Update – 07:00 UTC, Weds 11 October

1. MAPFRE; distance to finish = 160 nautical mile
2. Team Brunel; + 2.6 nautical miles
3. team AkzoNobel; + 23 miles
4. Turn the Tide on Plastic; + 24 miles
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing; + 25 miles
6. Dongfeng Race Team; + 27 miles
7. Team Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag; + 32 miles

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