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Sprint for the line?

 

 

Wind conditions and tides could mean a thrilling last dash to the line for the fleet racing into Auckland tonight!

 

At 13:30 today, Mapfre, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Dongfeng Race Team were close together off North Gable with Team Alvimedica close behind. Some 20nm back, Team Brunel and Team SCA bring up the rear of the fleet.

 

Tom Touber, Volvo Ocean Race Chief Operating Officer, says it's not going to be a straightforward finish.

 

"There's a fair chance that it will be a relatively quick sail to Rangitoto Island but at the moment it looks like there will then be no wind and the tide is against them.

 

"The leaders may have to anchor and wait for the tide to turn which will give Team Brunel and Team SCA time to catch up. It's possible that from about midnight tonight we may see a breathtaking light breeze battle to the line.”

 

The Auckland Stopover Race Village will remain open through the night to welcome the boats into port. Come on down!

 

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