• 05-MAY-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

Fleet Ready for Last 1,000 Mile Sprint into Miami

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet entered the final 1,000 miles of Leg 6 on Saturday -- and with just 85 miles splitting the teams, victory was anyone's for the taking.

"Right now, all bets are off," declared Ken Read, skipper of frontrunners PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, as they clung to the smallest of leads over CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand and Team Telefónica.

"There is a serious game of roulette going on out here. This is going to be a battle right to the very end."

After several days of fast sailing, the fleet stalled in light airs in the Caribbean Sea with speeds plummeting to as low as two knots.

But with new breeze expected to arrive in the coming hours, the battle to reach the Miami finish line was set to restart with a vengeance.

"I think the first team to stick their nose into the fresh breeze will get a jump on the fleet," Read added. "That is definitely a goal of ours.

After almost halving the distance to the frontrunners over the past few days, Groupama sailing team and Abu Dhabi were causing concern for the front three.

Just two days ago Groupama were 120 miles behind, but by 1300 UTC their deficit was down to 65 miles.

Earlier in the day CAMPER took a shortcut through a tiny channel on the small Caribbean island of Anguilla in the Lesser Antilles.

The current estimated date for the Leg 6 finish is May 9.


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