John Kostecki's team on illbruck has moved into the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race
John Kostecki’s team on illbruck has moved into the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race. By sailing 438 miles over the last 24 hours, the leg one winners have edged out a two-mile lead over Team SEB, with Assa Abloy now third. These three yachts are again ticking off 400 plus mile days in the new 30-knot breeze.
Past leaders Team News Corp and djuice momentarily looked like being left out of the fresh breeze as the yachts that passed to the north of the Kerguelen were the first to benefit from a new low pressure system and accelerated away.
As News Corp navigator Ross Field explained this morning, the effects of the low have now trickled down their southerly latitude. “The positions have changed again as the boats in the north make gains, but we are now in nearly equal pressure and the rot is stopping. The front is moving through and we’re getting winds up to 30 knots from the north-west, increasing in 12 hours to 40 knots plus.”
The leaders now have less than 1,800 miles to sail before they leave the Southern Ocean and round the official waypoint of Eclipse Island at the south-west tip of Australia. From there, it is 1,600 miles of racing through the Great Australian Bight before entering the renowned Bass Strait and finally the short 250-mile northerly sprint up to Sydney Harbour.
Position Report, Day 10, 0400hrs GMT
2 TSEB (2 miles to leader)
3 AART (3 miles to leader)
4 NEWS (8 miles to leader)
5 DJCE (21 miles to leader)
6 AONE (150 miles to leader)
7 ATOO (480 miles to leader)