Narrow lead for News
|1||News Corp||32 51.04N||076 25.52W||413||0||0||10.9||54|
|2||Illbruck||32 49.56N||076 24.92W||415||2||2||10.7||56|
|3||Amer One||32 49.64N||076 27.00W||415||2||1||10.6||55|
|4||Assa Abloy||32 47.72N||076 27.68W||417||4||1||10.4||51|
|5||SEB||32 40.48N||076 56.00W||434||21||-2||11.3||54|
|6||Tyco||32 37.52N||076 54.12W||436||23||-2||11.3||52|
|7||djuice||32 35.72N||077 00.96W||440||27||-3||11.4||48|
|8||Amer Too||32 10.60N||076 39.92W||456||43||7||7.4||16|
There's still all to play for on leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race as the boats work out their best lanes for rounding Cape Hatteras.
In the tightly grouped leading four, News Corp has edged into the lead by sailing a deeper course in the following south westerly 10 knot breeze and being marginally further to the north west are using the effects of the Gulf Stream more to their advantage.
This afternoon we can expect to see most of the boats gybe and this may reduce any advantage News Corp may currently hold. Often gybes are made after one of the three hourly position updates, but this is pointless in this instance because the top four boats are all within site of one another. Of the top four only Assa Abloy have already gybed.
Meanwhile Tyco, SEB and djuice remain out to the west and appear to be making better speed at present than the front runners. The unknown quantity remains the girls on Amer Sports Too way out to the south east, who were the first to gybe. Once they converge with the rest of the fleet it will be interesting to see if their gamble has paid off. Mostly likely (unfortunately) it hasn't.
djuice - in conditions slightly stronger than they're experiencing at present