VNR 08 Jan - Competition intensifies as doldrums takes hold




08 Jan 2018


Solomon Islands



VNRThe new week started with a reshuffle of the Leg 4 leaderboard as the seven-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet eased into the Doldrums for the second time so far this race.After six days at sea, racing is so tight between the top five teams that the smallest of gains or losses can propel them up the rankings or send them plummeting down the positions.This was certainly the case on Monday as Vestas 11th Hour Racing became the new Leg 4 leaders while Dongfeng Race Team, the table-toppers first five days of racing, found themselves in fourth.Earlier today MAPFRE occupied the top spot but at 1300 UTC were in fifth, while Turn the Tide on Plastic had rocketed into second.
00:00 IV EN Phil Harmer (AUS), Vestas 11th Hour Racing. --- 00:31 Phil Harmer at helm00:41 Vestas 11th Hour Racing bow. --- 0050 Lightning in the dark. ---- 00:55 onboard MAPFRE, sailing quietly. --- 01:01 onboard MAPFRE Willy Altadill at helm and whale in the background -- 01:06 onboard MAPFRE, Dongfeng Race Team in sight. --- 01:09 onboard MAPFRE Pablo Arrarte watching. --- 01:16 onboard MAPFRE, AkzoNobel in sight, Rob Greenhalgh at helm. -- 01:22 Drone shot of team AkzoNobel and island. --- 01:35 IV EN Simeon Tienpont (NED), team AkzoNobel. -- 02:04 Drone shot of team AkzoNobel with crew member on masthead. --- 02:12 IV EN Charles Caudrelier (FRA), Dongfeng Race Team. --- 02:44 Drone shot of Dongfeng Race Team. --- 03:05 !! AMAZING DRONE SHOT OF WHALE FEEDING !!! --- 03:24 Tony Mutter, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, commenting on the whale. -- 03:58 ENDS
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