Mike Sanderson and team aboard ABN AMRO 1 are just 24 miles off the Leg 1 finish line in Cape Town

ABN AMRO ONE (Mike Sanderson) is just 24 miles from the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Speeds have remained high throughout the last 24 hours in spite of the threatened light weather patch that had worried skipper Sanderson a day ago.

Cape Town is poised, awaiting the arrival of the first boat to finish this leg, which is estimated to be around 1130 GMT this morning. ABN AMRO TWO (Sebastien Josse) is expected to finish later this afternoon, with Brasil 1 (Torben Grael) expected later tonight.