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Groupama storm into the lead

Full speed onboard Groupama
Full speed onboard Groupama © Yann Riou / Groupama Sailing Team / Volvo Ocean Race

As the fleet charges onwards on a north easterly track this morning, Franck Cammas’ Groupama sailing team are reaping the benefits of their more easterly positioning and at the 0700 position report had powered into first place.

The French team’s breakaway move to the south several days ago has resulted in a near perfect wind angle and velocity and this morning they have the hammer down as they continue to surge forward on the rest of the fleet at over 20 knots of boat speed.

Further west and averaging around 16 knots Iker Martínez’s second placed Team Telefónica hold a one nautical mile lead over Ken Read’s PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG in third, with Chris Nicholson’s CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand seven nautical miles back in fourth.

This group are experiencing a less favourable wind angle resulting in slower speeds than Groupama as they struggle to make ground to the east to avoid the fierce headwinds of a tropical depression to their west.

Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing continue to trail the pack in fifth more than 100 nautical miles adrift of the leader.

Meanwhile Team Sanya were approaching the southern tip of Madagascar ahead of a rendezvous with members of their shore crew who will assess their rig damage and finalise a repair schedule.


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