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Volvo Ocean Race - Gybing match-race begins

All Volvo fleet now on port facing a building breeze up to 35 kts overnight from the SSW as a low passes over in the north.

The leg will come down to the final 36 hours with a large compression still to come in light winds behind the front.

Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking) retain their lead after gybing to port, ahead of Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier) as Vestas 11th Hour Racing (Charlie Enright) slightly to the east drop back.

Turn The Tide on Plastic (Dee Caffari) made a small gain, but is under pressure from MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández) who are now only 6 nm behind them.

Once on the road to Newport, the fleet will have to contend with a cold front harbouring winds of more than 35 knots, before facing a tricky transition into north-easterly breeze.

It means the Leg 8 podium could well be decided in the final 24 hours – and every moment up until that point could have its consequences.

ETA for the leaders in Newport is from 03:00 UTC Tuesday.

Leg 8 Positions as at 21:10 UTC on Sunday 6 May:

1. Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking) -- distance to finish -- 411 nautical miles
2. Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier) +10 nm
3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (Charlie Enright) +34 nm
4. Turn The Tide on Plastic (Dee Caffari) +44 nm
6. MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández) +48 nm
5. Team AkzoNobel (Simeon Tienpont) +91 nm
7. Sun Hung Kai Scallywag (David Witt) +168 nm

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