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Team AkzoNobel in fifth as fleet slogs east towards Taiwan

The first 24 hours of Leg 6 of the has seen the six-boat Volvo Ocean Race fleet slog eastwards in cold powerful headwinds and unpleasantly lumpy seas towards the southern tip of the island of Taiwan. 

Life on board for the team AkzoNobel crew will have been wet and miserable as the sailors try sail fast while trying to stave off seasickness induced by the incessant rocking horse motion of the boat pounding over the waves kicked up by winds up to 35 knots.

Having led out of Hong Kong team AkzoNobel lost ground overnight when a sail change from the large J1 headsail to the smaller J2 sail did not go as smoothly as planned. 

At 0700 UTC (0800 CET) the crew was in fifth place, nine kilometers behind leg-leader Team Brunel (NED) with Dongfeng Race Team (CHN) in second, Mapfre (ESP) in third, and Sun Hung Kai Scallywag (HKG) in fourth.

Turn the Tide on Plastic in sixth lay a further seven kilometers astern.

In the next few hours the fleet is expected to pass close to the southern tip of Taiwan where winds are expected to ramp up from 15 to over 30 knots.     

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