Speeds were starting to drop on Thursday evening as the forecast compression of the fleet began.
Leg leaders PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG still had a hold on the fleet hitting the highest average speed of 16.2 knots but every team had made gains at the latest position report.
The past few days of classic trade wind sailing were due to come to end as the fleet encountered a drop in wind strength to around 10 knots.
Gone are the conditions that have allowed PUMA and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand to set 24-hour distances of more than 500 miles.
In their place come lighter winds that could see chasers Groupama sailing team and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing make crucial gains.
With more than 1,400 nautical miles left to sail to the Miami finish line, the race for victory in Leg 6 is far from over.
- 5 May 2012Long leg piles pressure on shore crews
- 5 May 2012All bets off in final 1,000 miles
- 5 May 2012Abu Dhabi eye comeback, Groupama seek 'magic gust'
- 5 May 2012Status quo returns after CAMPER 'thread the needle' off Anguilla
- 4 May 2012Intuition comes into play in east versus west split
- 4 May 2012Weather trough splits leading pack as CAMPER go west