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Volvo Ocean Race - Less than 1,000 nm to Auckland

 
team AkzoNobel regain the lead at the 19:00 UTC report and over the coming hours we should begin to see furthest south boats get lifted to track SE to meet the the easterly positioned boats.Andrew Cape, skipper Bouwe Bekking, Peter Burling and Louis Balcaen -

Tienpont's AkzoNobel remains the furthest south in the fleet by about 10 miles. They are sailing a wider TWA than their closest competitors but have more breeze and higher VMC

But the move by Team Brunel to the east could change that as the boats begin to curl to the left (east) to get around the north tip of New Zealand, those to the east will have less miles to sail.

AkzoNobel skipper Simeon Tienpont, to the west, is betting that a better angle will translate into more speed and that will more than compensate for the extra distance run.

But light weather conditions (again) expected on the approach to Auckland to turn the final miles into a lottery.

ETA Auckalnd is Wednesday or Thursday . . .

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 6 - Saturday 24 February @ 18:00 UTC

1. team AkzoNobel -- distance to finish -- 883 nautical miles
2. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag + 6 nm
3. Turn the Tide on Plastic +23 nm
4. Team Brunel +25 nm
5. MAPFRE +32 nm
6. Dongfeng Race Team +38 nm

7. Vestas 11th Hour Racing DNS

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