Saturday, May 5: 0700 UTC morning report
Team AkzoNobel has stolen fifth place overnight from Spanish protagonists Mapfre as the teams race towards the mythical Bermuda Triangle on the express highway to Newport, RI.
Saturday is going to bring another day of fast reaching for team AkzoNobel in winds of over 20 knots as they skirt around the high pressure system east of Bermuda. The Gulf Stream will also be a challenge for the teams: running from Florida in a north easterly direction towards Europe, it’s a strong current that can run up to six knots, but not necessarily straight and with eddies to contend with.
At the 0700 UTC (0900 CEST) sched this morning, team AkzoNobel was 43 nautical miles (80 kilometres) behind leaders Team Brunel and 1 nautical mile (1.8 km) in front of Mapfre. There are 10 nautical miles (19 km) between the top three boats (Team Brunel, Dongfeng Race Team and Vestas 11th Hour Racing respectively) and Dee Caffari’s Turn the Tide on Plastic is next in team AkzoNobel’s sights - 13 nautical miles (24 km) ahead.