- Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE rebounding from Leg 5 and Itajai stopover disappointments
- Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Alvimedica at the back of the pack
ALICANTE, Spain, April 27 – Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA), fully recovered from the trauma of breaking their mast on the last leg, narrowly led the chase to Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on Monday.
There was no room for the slightest complacency on the Chinese boat, with MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández/ESP) hot on their heels just 4.6 nautical miles (nm) astern, and Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) a further two nautical miles behind.
Even Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA), so determined to win the 5,010nm stage from Itajaí, Brazil, to their home port of Newport, were far from out of contention.
Although in last place of the six boats, they were only 22.7 miles adrift of the leaders. Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) and overall race leaders, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR), were also handily positioned, 15.2nm and 19.7nm respectively behind Dongfeng Race Team.
The fleet is expected to reach Newport between May 6-8 after around 17-19 days of sailing from Brazil through the Atlantic.
Over the next few days, they are likely to be pushed along by a two-knot current behind them, giving the entire fleet an 'escalator' effect.
After this leg, they have three more stages to negotiate, finally completing the 38,739nm, nine-month offshore marathon in the last week of June in Gothenburg, Sweden.