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Volvo Ocean Race - MAPFRE Inbound to Melbourne

MAPFRE heading for a Leg 3 victory, with a 93 nm advantage as they head into Melbourne on Christmas Eve - Latest ETA 16:20 hrs.Finish Melbourne . . . -

Dongfeng Race Team hold second place, but are coming under pressure from Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Team Brunel as they race up from the south.

With MAPFRE and Dongfeng slowing on the approach to Melbourne, the door is open for Vestas and Brunel to spoil their party.

But all four of the leading group are now experiencing lighter breeze as they close on Melbourne.

MAPFRE look safe, but Dongfeng has also reported that their port keel ram, which helps to cant the keel, is not working properly.

Land Ho . . . - Click image for a larger image

At 10:30 Sunday Vestas and Brunel had closed to within 21 nm of Dongfeng.

Some 260 nm back Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag and Turn the Tide on Plastic continue their battle. Both have now gybed to head up to Melbourne, following the Vestas/Brunel route.

team AkzoNobel, over 700 nm back from the leaders, have gybed early and are also on a heading for Melbourne.

Volvo Ocean race - Leg 3 - Sunday 24 December @ 16:00 UTC

1. MAPFRE -- distance to finish -- 2.8 nautical miles
2. Dongfeng Race Team +52 nm
3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing +82 nm
4. Team Brunel +99 nm
5. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag +337 nm
6. Turn the Tide on Plastic +386 nm
7. team AkzoNobel +692 nm

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