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Leaders Sanya doing it for the mums

Navigator Aksel Magdahl grinding in rough condition onboard Team Sanya ©Andrés Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race
Navigator Aksel Magdahl grinding in rough condition onboard Team Sanya ©Andrés Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race

Team Sanya's position at the top of the Leg 5 leaderboard may not mean much with over 5,500 nautical miles to go before the boats reach Itajaí but being in first is fun while it lasts for the underdogs - and their most important supporters back home.

"It has been quite a pleasant start to our journey into the Southern Ocean, and although the temperature has dropped noticeably, it has been sunny and happy days," wrote Sanya MCM Andrés Soriano on Thursday morning.

"We are currently the furthest boat south, and Mike (Sanderson) has just informed us that 'Our mums are going to be quite proud of us right now, the latest position report is in and we are the leaders!' Go the Sanya Lan!"

Sanya were posted as leaders at the 0100 UTC report on Thursday thanks to that southerly position. At 0400, Groupama were 10.2 nm behind them in terms of distance to finish, followed by CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG and Team Telefónica.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, forced to return to Auckland for repairs on the first night, were just over 300 nm behind the leaders as they fight their way back in a much more northerly position.


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