Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Inside Track Video above--Day 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race above--published on Oct 17, 2014.
Watch log | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015: "OCTOBER 17, 2014, 1800 UTC Latest position report 1730 UTC Leader: Dongfeng Race Team Spread of fleet: 36 nautical miles Wind speed: 13-21 knots Wind direction: north-northeast Boat speed: 12-19 knots At 0700 UTC, Team SCA gybed towards the coast of the Western Sahara. The rest of the fleet followed – but a couple of hours later. And that little, subtle time difference explains tonight’s split. Led by Dongfeng, the first six boats are within 11 miles of each other while Team SCA are now 36 miles at the back of the fleet. So - what’s next for them? Yesterday, Dongfeng held their lead overnight after heading offshore. But the boats closer to the African coast are now in 20 knots of northerly wind – that’s a good acceleration compared to the lighter sea breeze of the past days. In these changing wind conditions, will the teams stay close to the shore tonight, or sail away from it? OCTOBER 17 2014, 0500 UTC Latest position report 0500 UTC Leader: Dongfeng Race Team Spread of fleet: 25.8 nautical miles Wind speed: 11 knots Wind direction: northeast Boat speed: 14 knots The fleet continues to be closely bunched, sailing as close to the West African coast as possible with Dongfeng Race Team still retaining the overnight lead. All seven boats were afraid to push out west into the open Atlantic until a more solid wind materializes. The fleet has been gybing a lot with more place changes then ever before at this stage of the Volvo Ocean Race. This is intense inshore racing, gybe for gybe with your opposition breathing down your neck 24/7...."
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