Getting out of jail
|1||Illbruck||04 37.20N||044 03.72W||2460||0||0||14.3||303|
|2||Assa Abloy||04 40.08N||043 56.72W||2463||3||2||14.4||303|
|3||Tyco||04 36.24N||043 53.96W||2468||8||3||13.7||307|
|4||SEB||03 04.36N||044 07.60W||2516||56||18||11.4||321|
|5||Amer Too||03 07.36N||043 14.84W||2554||94||17||11.7||321|
|6||Amer One||03 27.08N||042 42.44W||2567||107||9||12.8||315|
|7||News Corp||03 38.20N||042 11.24W||2584||124||13||12.2||314|
|8||Djuice||02 23.68N||042 40.44W||2609||149||23||10.5||311|
Yesterday it looked as if illbruck was repeating the move she pulled on the last leg, when she had a narrow lead over her rivals and then simply consolidated and extended. But at the front of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, Tyco and Assa Abloy appear to be having none of it and have reeled her back in. The three way match race north west to Miami continues.
The front runners are now out of the Doldrums and into the more regular north easterly Trades and it will become a boat speed speed contest for the next few days until the boats reach the turning mark at Barbuda (going inside the Caribbean chain is not allowed this time). Overall in the fleet the result is that the lead trio have pulled out miles on those still tackling the Doldrums.
Tactically a more interesting contest is taking place behind the leading trio. This morning there was a 120 mile span across the race track with News Corp to the north east and SEB to the south west. The latter option seems to have paid dividends at this stage, but Ross Field is confident that his tactics will win in the long run and will enable News Corp to bear down on top of the boats to the south west once they're into the Trades.
The girls on Amer Sports Too seem to have made a fine tactical call on how to tackle the Doldrums by also going to the south west and have this morning further extended their lead over their team mates on Amer Sports One who have pulled up to sixth place.