The final stretch of the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race is exciting, with minimal difference between three boats in the Pacific Ocean. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, MAPFRE and Dongfeng Race Team take turns in the lead, missing less than 800 kilometers to cross the finish line in Auckland, New Zealand.
The distance between the trio is less than two kilometers and, in practice, they will arrive in the early hours of Saturday (28) to the New Zealand town. For all these details, nobody sleeps on board to make better use of the gusts. “We stock of caffeine gum. Compete side by side with the opponent is tricky, because there are few differences, “wrote a reporter for the Abu Dhabi, Matt Knighton.
The Commander of the Arab boat designed more emotion and less sleep. “It is impossible not to say that the end of race will be tight and exciting,” said Ian Walker. “Let’s continue with speed and hard work “.
By Dongfeng side nothing to relax. “It’s hard to see the leadership away from you after so many efforts for days. Everything disappears in a few minutes, “said Martin Stromberg, crewman of the Dongfeng, which is now in second, behind provisional leader Abu Dhabi. Most of the time, the boats take little wind. The MAPFRE Brazilian Andre ‘ Cheek ‘ Fonseca was third in first update this Thursday afternoon (26).
The forecast for the next few hours is for light winds, especially on approach to Auckland. The end of race promises to be grueling and unpredictable again.