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Leg 6: daily report – Friday February 9

Fortune favours the brave

With just under 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 kilometres) to go to reach Auckland, New Zealand, team AkzoNobel is currently 80 nautical miles (148 kilometres) east of Taiwan, ploughing a two-boat path with Hong Kong entry Scallywag, winners of the Melbourne to Hong Kong leg. Team AkzoNobel is currently sailing at 10 knots (18 kilometres) in 18 knots (33 kilometres) of south easterly winds.

It’s the northern road versus the easterly road: two very different strategies playing out on the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 racetrack. Team AkzoNobel and Scallywag tacked first around 1600 UTC yesterday afternoon and have opted for the longer, faster route, versus the easterly, shorter course favoured by the other four teams, but they are being challenged by an upwind slower route, toughing it out in up to 35 knots (65 kilometres) of breeze and rough seas.

Rosco Monson, our on shore navigator, gave this update, “The whole fleet is now on starboard and there is a big job at hand for us and Scallywag to sail further and faster for longer. The weather models are not completely matching up with what is actually happening on the water. Luckily for everyone there is a long way to go in this leg and fortune favours the brave!”


[Image © Richard Edwards/Volvo Ocean Race]

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