The cream rises to the top
|1||illbruck||31 19.88N||078 13.44W||536||0||0||9.3||049|
|2||Assa Abloy||31 18.16N||078 14.92W||539||3||+2||8.8||048|
|3||News Corp||31 17.96N||078 14.64W||539||3||+1||9.1||049|
|4||Amer One||31 17.88N||078 14.80W||539||3||+2||9.0||049|
|5||Tyco||31 19.44N||079 00.44W||560||24||+8||7.0||015|
|6||SEB||31 20.92N||079 02.76W||560||24||+8||7.3||007|
|7||djuice||31 06.60N||078 42.60W||561||25||+7||7.2||053|
|8||Amer Too||30 34.44N||077 43.64W||565||29||+10||5.4||033|
Already the Volvo split has split into A and B divisions, with most of the usual suspects in their respective groups. The two form boats, illbruck and Assa Abloy, have been trading places at the front, followed closely by News Corp and Amer Sports One just three miles astern.
Division B, meanwhile, is over 20 miles behind. As a high performing boat in recent legs, Tyco will be disappointed to be lying in fifth, even if they are leading the backmarkers. Not far behind are SEB, djuice and Amer Sports Too. But with the lateral separation of the backmarkers, who have fanned out line abreast behind the tightly clustered front four, it is still anybody's race.
The girls have taken a huge punt out into the Atlantic, all by themselves. Seeing as they have struggled to hold pace with the fleet when going the same way, it seems a sensible move. They will cause an upset by the end of this race, and with the vagaries of the Chesapeake Bay approaching in another day's time, leg 6 could be a good place for them to start.
The first 24 hours appear to have consisted of sail change after sail change, with Roger Nilson on Amer Sports One commenting on how most of the fleet appear to have used every spinnaker available to them within the first day out of Miami. Doubtless this is why illbruck is out front again. It comes back to those two solid years of homework, logging when to change gear from one sail plan to the next.