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Volvo Ocean Race - Heading North

The 200 mile northerly extention of the Antarctic Ice Exclusion Zone has forced the Volvo fleet to head northeast, resulting in a convergence to the north of the Kerguelen Islands.

Annemieke Bes, Alex Gough and Luke Parkinson on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag - Click image for a larger image

The repositioning of the Exclusion Zone has removed any other option but to head to the north of the Kerguelen Islands to stay out of the zone.

This is in lighter wind, but once at that northerly corner the three leaders Dongfeng, MAPFRE and Vestas, can turn south again.

They will then resume their fast southerly ride on the storm track along the Exclusion Zone . . . until the moment when they have to turn north for Melbourne.

Latest Update 23:00 hrs

Dongfeng and MAPFRE are at the end of the Ice Exclusion Zone and will be able to return to their southerly course down the dege of the zone.

The chasing pack have take some distance out of the leaders, and remain in a stronger breeze - let's see what the morning brings . . .

Volvo Ocean race - Leg 3 - Saturday 16 December @ 19:00 UTC

1. Dongfeng Race Team -- distance to finish -- 3,361 nautical miles
2. MAPFRE +18 nm
3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing +73 nm
4. Team Brunel +139 nm
5. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag +154 nm
6. Turn the Tide on Plastic +185 nm
7. team AkzoNobel +366 nm

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Gerald New - Sailweb
16 December 2017 8:24 GMT


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