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Brunel Team sweeps to Leg 4 lead

Brunel Team sweeps to Leg 4 lead

Volvo Ocean Race – Team Brunel sweeps to Leg 4 lead

Volvo Ocean Race – As the fleets turn south towards the Northern Marina Islands of Saipan, Tinian, Rota and Guan, Team Brunel ihaving split north with Team SCA, found the more breeze and s slowly increasing their leverage over Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

The Dutch team is sailing at speeds in the low 20s over Azzams’s speeds in the mid to high teens. This has resulted in a boost in Brunel’s position report.

In the last 24 hours they have moved from fifth to third, second and now have hit the lead.

Just 24 hours ago, Team Brunel was 185 nm away from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s line. They are now just 115nm as they push down, trying to head the fleet off at the pass. 

Team SCA, who had been sailing on Brunel’s hip, have fallen back and taken a slightly higher line. The closest they got to Team Brunel’s line was 10nm but they are now 34nm above. Brunel Team sweeps to Leg 4 lead

These readings don’t mean anything in the big picture but do show how much height/depth each team is gaining/burning off against their forward progress. 

We still have the ITZ about 1000nm away, and this will be the real player in this leg story. 

Stop Press: News just in from Matt Knighton on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Race: ‘We’ve broken the J1 spigot and then one hour later broke the padeye for the reaching strut (second day in a row). We’re bleeding miles trying to get it all going again.’ 

Position report list 

YACHT LAT LON DATE DTL DTLC avgSOG(3h) avgSOG(15′) TWS TWD HDG
TBRU 15.93067 145.8365 15/02/15 09:40:00 0 6 19 20 20 27 131
ADOR 14.89633 144.21633 15/02/15 09:40:00 2 -2 17.3 18 21 40 121
MAPF 15.104 143.96583 15/02/15 09:40:00 20.7 -3 16.9 17 21 35 122
DFRT 15.12283 143.84967 15/02/15 09:40:00 25.6 -6 16.1 16 20 35 117
ALVI 15.21633 143.81283 15/02/15 09:40:00 31.4 -3 16.6 16 18 43 121
SCA1 17.16267 145.2985 15/02/15 09:40:00 79 4 18.3 18 17 40 136
VEST -16.80497 59.57544 29/11/14 21:40:00 No Data No Data No Data No Data

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