• 14-JUN-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

Fleet Hitting Record Speeds in Final Stretch to Loriente

Telefonica Boatfeed

The North-Atlantic storm has ramped up the fleet to near record breaking speeds overnight with the top four teams each notching more than 500 nautical miles in the past 24 hours, but it is Team Telefónica who continue to have an edge.

The massive low pressure system hasn't disappointed, delivering winds in excess of 40 knots that have tested the boats and crews as they slipped into survival mode overnight.

But while fighting to survive the top four of Telefónica, PUMA, Groupama and CAMPER have been pushing themselves to the brink in a bid to earn vital points that could ultimately decide the entire race, with just 23 points separating them on the overall leaderboard.

The boats are expected to reach Lorient at mid-morning on Friday, June 15.