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Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 2 Thursday Update

At 19:00 UTC, based on distance to the finish in Cape Town, team AkzoNobel leads the Volvo Race with Vestas 11th Hour Racing trailing the rankings. Turn the Tide on Plastic. Liz Wardley pumped up on adrenaline after going out on the wire -

As we reported yesterday AkzoNobel appeared to be looking at the short route and is now the furthest east - towards Africa.

By positioning themselves to the east they have reduced the amount of miles they need to sail, but the compromise will likely be lighter winds.

Tienpont said AkzoNobel were hoping to make gains over the coming days from a swing in wind direction that will allow them to point their bows closer to Cape Town.

So while this ranking does provide a snapshot of what is happening out there, it may be more accurate to see who is furthest south, as that is where the teams are expected to pick up the low pressure freight train in a few days time.

Although the position report doesn't show it, Dongfeng likely remain the true leg leaders with MAPFRE nipping at their heels in second.

Whether team AkzoNobel's effort to cut the corner pays off will be come cleaer in a few days.

The ranking is favoring progress to the east over progress south and penalzing any tactical decision to stay to the west, thus Turn the Tide, who have also moved to the east, now appears in second place.

VOR Leg 2 – Position Report – Thursday 16 Nov – 19:00 UTC

1. team AkzoNobel - - distance to finish – 2,861 nm
2. Turn the Tide on Plastic + 43 nm
3. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag + 46 nm
4. Dongfeng Race Team + 49 nm
5. MAPFRE + 56 nm
6. Team Brunel + 60 nm
7. Vestas 11th Hour Racing + 66 nm

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