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Volvo Race Leg 6 - AkzoNobel take lead

Team AkzoNobel now has a 22 nm lead from Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag at the front of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Having cut the corner, AkzoNobel and Scallywag have now pulled clear of the former leading group, turning a 120 nm deficit into a 40 nm lead in 48 hours.

MAPFRE and Dongfeng were the first to make the move to join them to the South and have moved into third and fourth places, leaving Team Brunel and Turn the Tide in fifth and sixth place.

At the top boats on the leaderboard, it is clear MAPFRE and Dongfeng want to stay within sight of each other at this stage of the leg.

On Tuesday afternoon, the 19:00 UTC update showed the pair tied together, separated by only a few hundred metres.

The next couple of days of trade wind sailing will be a straight-forward drag race, and I think there will be a consensus that east will be best when they hit the Doldrums.

The Doldrums crossing ought to be a lot easier than it was going the other way on Leg 4, and they should clear relatively easily by the morning of the 17th February

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 6 - Wednesday 14 February @ 07:00 UTC

1. team AkzoNobel -- distance to finish -- 3,190 nautical miles
2. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag +22 nm
3 MAPFRE +52 nm
4. Dongfeng Race Team +54 nm
5. Team Brunel +63 nm
6 Turn the Tide on Plastic + 90 nm

7. Vestas 11th Hour Racing DNS

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