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Volvo Race - MAPFRE into lead

MAPFRE made their move overnight, taking the lead while the back of the fleet struggles in lighter conditions.AkzoNobel -One last repair (Touch Wood/ Carbon) Brad Farrand -

At the Tuesday 21:30 UTC report, MAPFRE had taken a small lead over Dongfeng Race Team by hugging the Exclusion Zone. By 07:00 UTC Wednesday morning the lead was over 6 miles.

Spanish skipper Xabi Fernández: "The last 48 hours have been very intense. We have had a very good battle with Dongfeng."

"We passed them, they passed us again and now... We know it's still going to be a long fight with Dongfeng."

They continue in that stronger wind.

For the backmarkers in the fleet, it's been a very furstrating 12 hours as a ridge of high pressure has swallowed them up, bringing lighter winds and big losses to the leaders.

For Team Brunel and Vestas 11th Hour Racing in the middle, it's a matter of biding their time and hoping opportunity knocks:

Volvo Ocean race - Leg 3 - Wednesday 20 December @ 19:00 UTC

1. MAPFRE -- distance to finish -- 1,590 nautical miles
2. Dongfeng Race Team +8 nm
3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing +100 nm
4. Team Brunel +150 nm
5. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag +313 nm
6. Turn the Tide on Plastic +413 nm
7. team AkzoNobel +512 nm

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