SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race
Leg 6 Set for Climactic Finish with Downtown Miami Race Village Officially Open
As Leg 6 entered its third and final week, PUMA Ocean Racing were still in charge at the front of the fleet with the boats facing a final push through the Caribbean.
However, with just two days of sailing until the finish into Miami and picturesque Biscayne Bay, all bets were off as to who will emerge victorious according to the skippers themselves. After more than 4,000 miles sailed since departing Brazil and with less then 500 miles of racing left, the entire fleet is separated by less than 100 miles.
Read (Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A.), who led his PUMA team to the top spot in Leg 5 into Itajai, Brazil, is desperate to win Leg 6 into his home country and claim back-to-back wins.
Overall race leaders Team Telefónica dropped to fourth over the weekend but were still very much in the picture and will be keeping a close eye on overall second-place Groupama and third-place CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand.
Meanwhile, the Downtown Miami Race Village officially opened its doors after the formal opening ceremony Monday morning with a ribbon-cutting attended to by Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad.
While PUMA were feeling the heat at the front of the Leg 6 race to their home country, temperatures were soaring at Miami's Bicentennial Park, as locals and families began enjoying the free activities, pavilions, various scheduled events and interactive booths around the village.