team AkzoNobel and Scallywag came good in the Doldrums lottery, but there's another light patch ahead to navigate...
It's been a terrific 24-hours for team AkzoNobel and Scallywag who were the first to find the new pressure south of the Doldrums and extended away from the fleet.
In the last 24 hours, to 0700 UTC on Saturday morning, AkzoNobel has gone from trailing Brunel by one mile, to leading them by nearly 150.
In the same period Scallywag has taken second place, up from last, 50 miles behind AkzoNobel, and 100 miles ahead of Brunel, the third place team this morning.
All of this is by virtue of getting through the doldrums relatively unscathed.
"We're where we want to be relative to the fleet," said Scallywag skipper David Witt as his team approached the light winds yesterday afternoon.
"Now it's roll the dice time. A bit of luck, a bit of good cloud management. We have to do what we think is right and not worry too much about what the other guys are doing."
It appears to have worked.
The tracker shows the different tracks of the boats. Straight lines indicate stable breeze. And while AkzoNobel and Scallywag had plenty of it, the rest of the fleet, especially MAPFRE and Dongeng, had a very frustrating time.
But that is beginning to change.
At 0700 UTC, it was AkzoNobel and Scallywag who were slowest in the fleet, while those trailing are steaming south at 20 knots of boatspeed.
It's going to be an interesting and potentially decisive weekend.
Written by Peter Rusch
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