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Volvo OCean Race - You get what you wish for!

 
The first Southern Ocean storm brought steady 30-35 knot winds with Dongfeng Race Team recording a gust as high as 53 knots Wednesday night.

They wanted more Southern Ocean sailing and they got the first dose last night. But for all that, the fleet has crossed the worst of the storm in relatively good shape.

"Big grins all round," tweeted Dee Caffari on the Crew Communicator at 5:15 am UTC this morning. "Warm, dry and safe down South! Now let's go faster."

To be clear, the fleet is not out of the pressure yet. Wind is still in the 25 to 35 knot range, but sailing in daylight makes it easier.

MAPRFE in second place and leader Dongfeng, positioned furthest to the south, continue to set the standard.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing was hoping to convert its northerly option into a lead by sailing a faster angle and slipping in front of the leaders.

But the geometry didn't work, although the team has consolidated a thrid place position.

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Team AkzoNobel has reported damage to the mainsail mast track and has forced the crew to slow the boat down.

They have lowered the mainsail while they assess the problem and try to identify potential repair options.

Volvo Ocean race - Leg 3 - Thursday 14 December @ 13:00 UTC

1. Dongfeng Race Team -- distance to finish -- 4,237 nautical miles
2. MAPFRE +9 nm
3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing +59 nm
4. Team Brunel +105 nm
5. team AkzoNobel +122 nm
6. Turn the Tide on Plastic +153 nm
7. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag +185 nm

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