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Volvo Race - Pace slows as leaders approach Florida

Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel continues to lead the Volvo Ocean Race fleet towards the Leg 8 finish in Newport, USA, as the teams enter the final 1,300 miles.Stu Bannatyne helming while Marie trimming the main. -

Dutch-flagged Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking) continued to lead the charge, their advantage on second-placed Dongfeng Race Team dropping to 10 miles, with Vestas 11th Hour Racing (Charlie Enright) another mile behind.

Dee Caffari’s Turn the Tide on Plastic slipped out of the podium spots after hitting a patch of lighter wind but is now back to speed.

Meanwhile, seventh-placed Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag clawed back miles on the leaders as they posted the best 24-hour distance run of the fleet, notching up 513 miles.

They have two more days of this express highway and then the breeze will start to decrease before they gybe and sail on port into the finish.

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet all taking a lower line than the optimal routing suggested are now passing to the east of Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Leg 8 Positions as at 22:30 UTC on Friday 4 May:

1. Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking) -- distance to finish -- 1,246 nautical miles
2. Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier) +9.3 nm
3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (Charlie Enright) +10.8 nm
4. Turn The Tide on Plastic (Dee Caffari) +29 nm
5. Team AkzoNobel (Simeon Tienpont) +38 nm
6. MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández) +39 nm
7. Sun Hung Kai Scallywag (David Witt) +165 nm

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