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Volvo Ocean Race - L2 Are they south enough?

Team Brunel reappeared Tuesday morning, after their 24 hours in Stealth mode, just where they left, some 30 nm behind the leader MAPFRE.Dee Caffari, Liz Wardley and Francesca Clapcich onboard Turn the Tide on Plastic as it passes Tristan da Cunha in the fog -

The fleet are now following the traditional southerly route, with Turn the Tide and Scallywag most northerly and having to decide on a gybe to go south of Tristan Da Cunha or stay on a northerly route.

As we see at the 13:00 report, the two tailenders stayed north of the island and team AkzoNobel are 'piggy-in-the-middle' between the north and south groups.

All three boats losing ground to the southerly leading pack who are sailing in stronger wind, with MAPFRE looking likely to extend their lead today.

Mapfre - Antonio Cuervas-Mons on the coffee run - Click image for a larger image

Mark Chisnell in his latest Strategic Review predicts that the leaders could be running into an increasingly narrow area of wind between two high pressure centres . . . blocking all access to the finish.

If those boats that continue to head east hit this wall, then anyone who gybes to go further south could pick-up the next low pressure system coming in from the west.

This would provide them a passing lane into the finish, that would allow them to go around those trapped by the high.

So, still some games to play, let's see who - if anyone - takes the bait.

VOR Leg 2 – Position Report – Tuesday 21 Nov – 19:00 UTC

1. MAPFRE - - distance to finish 1,192 nm
3. Dongfeng Race Team + 25 nm
2. Vestas 11th Hour Racing + 32 nm
4. Team Brunel + 40
5. team AkzoNobel + 89 nm
6. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag + 117 nm
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic + 120 nm

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