The shifty winds in the Southern Ocean has forced Team News Corp to tack on to starboard and loose ground over the fleet that was able to maintain a southerly course
The shifty winds in the Southern Ocean has forced Team News Corp to tack on to starboard and loose ground over the fleet that was able to maintain a southerly course. This move cost them dearly and let them fall through the floor of the position table.
Two clear winners over the last 24 hours are Tyco, pulling three miles away from djuice and Amer Sports One, leaving SEB over six miles behind. In the speed race to the south, Assa Abloy showed remarkable performance, steadily moving up the table. Illbruck, who has now completed her port bow repair is now moving steadily up the position table. Richard Clarke reported from the boat: ‘Tony [Kolb] repaired the bow inspection port with portions of a floorboard and so much Sikaflex sealing compound that a heard of rhinos would find it difficult to get through, let alone a few thousand gallons of water.
‘We are taking advantage of this calmer weather to make other minor repairs on some of the other parts that broke and trying to dry out our very soggy boat. We are confident that we can catch the fleet in front of us and after we take a few hours to lick our wounds we will be stronger than ever.”
Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 3, 0358 GMT
2 DJCE (2 miles from leader)
3 AART(5 miles from leader)
4 AONE (5 miles from leader)
5 TSEB (6 miles from leader)
6 ILBK (13 miles from leader)
7 ATOO (14 miles from leader)
8 NEWS (30 miles from leader)