ASSA ABLOY, taking advantage of the building breeze in the west, has slipped in to pole position
With more wind out to the west of the course Team Tyco took over the lead last night (Friday 28 September) but within the last six hours ASSA ABLOY, who was also taking advantage of the building breeze in the west, has slipped in to pole position.
ASSA ABLOY and illbruck seem to have chosen the fastest lanes with the highest wind speeds (north-west with 18 knots), News Corp, Amer Sports One and Tyco having about two knots less wind. The trailing three boats are in different wind systems which makes it harder for them to catch up. Amer Sports Two, together with djuce has got the wind from the north-east, which gives them a downwind course, sailing to the south-east. Even though the wind is up in the mid 20s they are sailing slower on this particular course.
Team SEB is heading back towards the fleet from her easterly position and has had to sheet in further. For the first time in this Volvo Ocean Race the gap between the leader and the last boat has widened up considerably.
Position Report Day 7, 0400 GMT