The overall picture hasn’t changed much overnight. Dongfeng has pulled another mile from Abu Dhabi, and MAPFRE looks like they have been making some good gains on the two leading boats.
As can be seen from the reduced overall spread of the fleet the approach to New Zealand will compress the fleet as they hit the lighter wind pressure system, which looms over the land.
All the teams must have done a lot of research on the local conditions along the coast from the north of the island. Cove after cove, there will be local wind and tide to use to their potential advantage.
The Auckland local on Team Alvimedica, Dave Swete, could have some tricks up his sleeve and he’s going to need them if he wants to make it to the cricket match – he’s got tickets! At the moment he thinks they will arrive just at the end of the match on Saturday, February 28.