Image © James Blake/team AkzoNobel
Team AkzoNobel in third place on approach to Fastnet Rock
Team AkzoNobel is this morning in a scrap for third place on Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race after a night of smooth straight-line reaching across the Irish Sea towards the south west tip of Ireland.
At 0700 UTC (0900 CEST) this morning the team AkzoNobel crew was locked in a head-to-head drag race with fourth placed Mapfre (ESP) – just a tenth of a nautical mile further back – as the seven-boat fleet powered westward at speeds approaching 20-knots.
Later this morning the boats will pass one of yacht racing’s most iconic turning markers – the lighthouse on Fastnet Rock – and will start to feel a significant softening in the northerly breeze as the wind shadow caused by the Irish landmass takes effect.
Just 3.7 nm (6.8 km) adrift of Leg 10 leader Dongfeng Race Team (CHN) and just over one nautical mile (2 km) behind second placed Team Brunel (NED), the team AkzoNobel sailors will be on full alert for any chance to break through into the lead as the boats battle along the spectacular Irish coastline during the next 24 hours.