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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 05 on board MAPFRE, Sophie Ciszek giving instructions from the bow during a pilling. © Ugo Fonolla / Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 05 on board MAPFRE, Sophie Ciszek giving instructions from the bow during a pilling. © Ugo Fonolla / Volvo Ocean Race

Solomon Islands in Volvo Ocean Race

The leaders on Leg 4 are still making good progress but only have about 200 miles to go until the wind starts to ease significantly on approach to the Solomon Islands.

 

The leaders on Leg 4 are still making good progress but only have about 200 miles to go until the wind starts to ease significantly on approach to the Solomon Islands.

As at 1300 UTC on Saturday, the wind was still near 15 knots for most of the fleet, now racing north on a long starboard gybe. But by this time Sunday, it is expected to drop to under 10 knots.

That could be good news for the trailing boats, who can expect to make up miles as the leaders hit the lighter patch first.

Simeon Tienpont, the skipper of team AkzoNobel, has been pushing leader Dongfeng Race Team very hard over the past 24 hours, at one point closing to within a mile.

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 05 on board Dongfeng. The beautiful Carolijn Brouwer smiling, good vibes today onboard dongfeng. - photo © Martin Keruzore / Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 05 on board Dongfeng. The beautiful Carolijn Brouwer smiling, good vibes today onboard dongfeng. – photo © Martin Keruzore / Volvo Ocean Race

“We’re working pretty hard and it’s gone from a technical race and turned into a drag race. We’re not favoured because the guys in back are bringing the pressure (wind) down with them so we need to work for every single meter.

“But everyone is pretty ‘tranquila’. We’re satisfied with each other and everyone is putting their heart in and working hard and taking care of each other. It’s a long race so we need to keep cool in these warm conditions.”

Dongfeng continues to lead, with team AkzoNobel and MAPFRE in hot pursuit. The east-west split in the fleet is narrowing as well as the teams try to mitigate risk on approach to the doldrums.

by Volvo Ocean Race

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