Volvo Race - Team Brunel keep early lead

Bouwe Bekking's Team Brunel lead reduced in Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Speechless Clouds from SCallywag -

team AkzoNobel and Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, tacked immediately after passing the southern tip of Taiwan to split the fleet, and at the 13:00 UTC position report, they find themselves over 125 nautical miles behind leaders Team Brunel.

It’s early days for the two boats, who are gambling on better conditions in the north in the coming days, but right now they’re racing in 3-5 knots, compared to 15 knots further south.

Meanwhile, the southern group, consisting of Brunel, MAPFRE, Dongfeng Race Team and Turn the Tide on Plastic, is still within sight of each other, and fighting hard for every last inch.

Tracker at 21:20 Thursday - Click image for a larger image

SHK/Scallywag navigator Libby Greenhalgh.

"There's a frontal system coming through in about four days and ahead of that there will be a large area of light winds. We have to go north to get around that and then also pick up a northerly breeze associated with that front (to get south)."

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 6 - Friday 9 February @ 20:48 UTC

1. MAPFRE -- distance to finish -- 4,746 nautical miles
2. Team Brunel +0.5 nm
3. Dongfeng Race Team +0.9 nm
4 Turn the Tide on Plastic + 7.0 nm
5. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag +114 nm
6. team AkzoNobel +114.3 nm

7. Vestas 11th Hour Racing DNS

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