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Telefonica, new leader this morning

© Telefonica / Volvo Ocean Race
© Telefonica / Volvo Ocean Race

Two boats have passed the Fernando de Noronha mark last night,CAMPER and Groupama4 keep up with their efforts to come back with the leaders.

This morning Telefonica and CAMPER are going fast with speedos between 16 and 18 knots and they have started their long slide down to Cape Town. The two boats are only separated by 18 miles, so the remaining 3000 miles to South Africa should offer us a great battle to watch.


89 miles north of them, CAMPER is not giving up, as skipper Chris Nicholson explains " “We are just hanging in there, looking to gain any miles where we can, not taking unnecessary risks, but being patient for any opportunity to get back up with the leaders when one presents itself. There is still another half of the leg to go, still a lot to happen yet!"


And Groupama4? the French boat is in another fight: trying to escape the Doldrums! Whereas the first boats were only a bit slower when they crossed, our Lorient based boat has still 130 miles to go before they are "upside down". The respite is well appreciated for the rookies getting ready to meet King Neptune but for everybody the time goes by too slow as they're dreaming of being in the fight with the leaders...


The route is long until the boats finally reach Cape Town and the next 10 days will be really interesting to watch!



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