Volvo Ocean Race leader Team Brunel was the first one to step into the Southern Hemisphere at 05:30 UTC Friday morning. Abu Dhabi have the Dutch Team only 30nm ahead of them with Team Alvimedica just 7 nm behind, back in the hunt.
According to Amory Ross onboard Team Alvimedica, the guys are also keeping an eye on the chasing pack, 40 nm to the east.
“The trio of MAPFRE, Dongfeng and SCA are using their strong leverage to advance and there’s little we can do but watch. An uncooperative cloud this morning cost us 15 miles on all three. But on distance to finish there are only 16 miles separating second from sixth, so with a third of the leg left to sail we’re in for some very exciting [straight-line] racing!”
The separation of all the boats is decreasing all the time as the width of the Doldrums varies, but looking at what information we have they could be in very light airs for the next 400 to 800 nm where changeable micro weather can mix up everything in the matter of an hour.
Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 4 – Updated Positions at 06:40 hrs 20 February 2015
1. Team Brunel – Distance to Finish 23017 nm
2. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing – DTL 25 nm
3. MAPFRE – DTL 38 nm
4. Dongfeng Race Team – DTL 40 nm
5. Team Alvimedica DTL 42 nm
6. Team SCA – DTL 44 nm