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Volvo Race - Change of Leader

 
Vestas 11th Hour Racing (Charlie Enright) take the lead from Turn The Tide on Plastic (Dee Caffari) after they pass Natal.
Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier) now positioned further to the west have prospered, and are sailing faster, edging round the doldrums.

Meanwhile, MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández) and Sun Hung Kai Scallywag (David Witt) are opting for a route to the east of the leading group and the theoretical direct route.

The boats are all slowing as they enter the doldrums

Leg 8 Positions as at 07:50 UTC on Monday 30 April:

1. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (Charlie Enright) -- distance to finish -- 3,140 nautical miles
2. Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier) +0.4 nm
3. Turn The Tide on Plastic (Dee Caffari) +3.6 nm
4. Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking) +3.7 nm
5. Team AkzoNobel (Simeon Tienpont) +15 nm
6. MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández) +35 nm
7. Sun Hung Kai Scallywag (David Witt) +62 nm

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