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© Yann Riou / Groupama Sailing Team / Volvo Ocean Race
© Yann Riou / Groupama Sailing Team / Volvo Ocean Race

Team Sanya made a break from the fleet overnight heading north towards the ice exclusion zone in search of wind as Abu Dhabi led the fleet into the final 1,800 nautical miles of Leg 7.

Around 125 miles north-west of leg leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing at 0400 UTC, sixth-placed Sanya decided to try something different in the race to hook into the strong westerly winds lying ahead that will propel the fleet towards Lisbon.

“Although we have more miles to sail, and it probably looks like quite a bit on the tracker, our navigator and skipper, Aksel (Magdahl) and Mike (Sanderson) have a plan and only time will tell,” Sanya’s media crewmember Andrés Soriano said.

At 0400 Abu Dhabi still led by 19 miles over PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG with CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand six miles further back.

As the on-the-water game of snakes and ladders continued, CAMPER media crew member Hamish Hooper said he was praying for the arrival of wind to set his team back on the fast road to the Leg 7 finish.

“It has been like one of those dreams you have when you are running as hard and fast as you can after something, but it’s like running in mud,” he said.

“The only hard and fast running we want to be doing is direct towards Lisbon with plenty of downwind speed.

“Apparently it is coming, once this big ‘H’ moves over us and a big ‘L’ comes down with plenty of wind.”

At 0400 fourth-placed Groupama trailed the leaders by 43 miles, with Telefónica a further six miles behind them.


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