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What’s the story?
Team Telefónica skipper Iker Martinez followed his intuition all the way to second place yesterday as the leading three including PUMA and CAMPER took different east and west courses.
Today however the status quo was re-established after CAMPER squeezed through a tiny island gap to steal back five nautical miles and edge Telefónica out of second.
As the fleet entered into the final 1,000 nautical miles it was a case of "all bets are off" according to Leg 6 leading skipper PUMA's Ken Read. While the leading three continued to battle, Groupama sailing team and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have closed in, making the leaders nervous.
Meanwhile, Team Sanya have almost completed their repair operation in Savannah and are preparing to sail the remaining 300 nautical miles to Miami, where they will join the rest of the fleet.
At Miami the shore crews are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their Volvo Open 70s. While the time the boats will spend at the stopover shortens, the job lists are not.
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Quote of the day:
“Right now, all bets are off. There is a serious game of roulette going on out. This is going to be a battle right to the very end” - Ken Read, PUMA Ocean Racing
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The big picture:
PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG improved on their second-place finish in Leg 4 to win Leg 5 by just 12 minutes following a tense 11th-hour battle with Team Telefonica.
Despite losing their mast while leading the fleet in Leg 5, Groupama sailing team were able to construct a jury rig which allowed them not only to complete the leg but also claim the final podium position.
CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand finished fourth, a huge achievement for Chris Nicholson's team, who were forced to divert to Chile with structural damage.
Abu Dhabi were forced to retire from Leg 5 with serious damage to their hull, opting to ship their boat to Itajai. They might not have finished the leg but they won their incredible race against the clock to get Azzam race ready in less than two days.
Team Sanya, who retired from Leg 5 after losing a rudder, will rejoin the fleet in Miami for the in-port racing and start of Leg 7.
Check out the overall standings HERE.