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The fleet to deal with the doldrums ~ Volvo Ocean Race
Onboard Team Alvimedica – Dave Swete (L) and Ryan Houston (R) bake under a hot midday sun with nowhere to hide - Leg six to Newport – Volvo Ocean Race 2015© Amory Ross / Team Alvimedica

The fleet to deal with the doldrums ~ Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race – The fleet has slightly converged in the past 12 hours as they approach the corner of the South American continent, where the Brazilian coast sketches a right angle at the end of the most easterly littoral of Brazil.

At Cape Calcanhar, located 40 nm north of the city of Natal, there is a lighthouse of 62 meters height that is the tallest in Brazil.

Dongfeng Race Team will approach this point holding an 8.1 nm lead on MAPFRE, who are just half of mile ahead of Team Brunel. 10 nm behind the lead back is Team SCA, currently the most easterly of the six boats, out of the trail of the pack.

The fleet to deal with the doldrums ~ Volvo Ocean Race

Onboard MAPFRE – The Spanish army that’s what we call these three guys onboard. The three of them come out together every watch – Leg six to Newport – Volvo Ocean Race 2015Francisco Vignale/Mapfre/Volvo Ocean Race

Also, 10 nm off the leading group is Team Alvimedica, only 0.5 nm miles ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

Once the fleet has passed the shoulder of the continent, they will take up their positions to deal with the doldrums. The good news is that at the moment the routing is showing no big drama to deal with the Intertropical Convergence Zone.

The fleet will be crossing the Equator around Tuesday noon.

The fleet to deal with the doldrums ~ Volvo Ocean Race

Onboard Team SCA – Libby Greenhalgh and Sam Davies watch AIS and the weather files to determine the best plan of action – Leg six to Newport – Volvo Ocean Race 2015Corinna Halloran / Team SCA

Leader: DFRT
Wind speed: 14 knots
Boat speed SOG (15 mins): 14.8 knots
Wind direction: 106º – 112º
Lowest boat speed: MAPF (14.8 knots)
Highest boat speed: DFRT (15.7 knots)
Lowest wind speed: SCA (12.4 knots)
Highest wind speed: MAPF (15.2 knots)

Position report at: 27 Apr 03:40 UTC / Updated 3 hourly DTL(NM) GAIN/LOSS(NM) DTF(NM) Speed(kt)
DFRT Dongfeng Race Team 0.0 0.0 3459.6 15.7
MAPF MAPFRE 8.1  2.9 3467.7 14.8
TBRU Team Brunel 8.6  3.8 3468.2 14.5
SCA1 Team SCA 18.9  2.7 3478.5 14.9
ALVI Team Alvimedica 19.4  3.7 3479.0 15.1
ADOR Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 19.8  2.5 3479.4 15.3
VEST Team Vestas Wind DID NOT START

by Volvo Ocean Race

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