Has the three-way battle for overall victory in the Volvo Ocean Race already turned into a duel or can the fallen team Brunel fight back on the remaining 650 nautical miles with a deficit of around 21 nautical miles on Friday afternoon? Almost 23 hours after the start of the eleventh and final stage of the 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, the day after it looked as if the two red boats had left the yellow one behind. On course The Hague, the front runners headed for the mark in front of Aarhus at that time, only to set course for the North Sea again.
From the perspective of Volvo Ocean Race photographer AinhoSanchez: the Dongfeng Race Team is the front runner on Friday afternoon
The intermediate results on Friday lunchtime: Dongfeng and Mapfre confidently lead the fleet
Overnight the Dutch had caught a gap of more than 25 nautical miles at times. Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking and his team were able to reduce this a bit by Friday noon, but with the current "one-way sailing" towards Aarhus, there will not be any major shifts at first. Nevertheless, the Dutch have two days and about two thirds of the final stage to turn the tide in their favor. The fact that Mapfre and Dongfeng are fighting each other and that this may cost them here and your little bit of speed could also help Bekking's team.
The task has not gotten any smaller for Bouwe Bekking's team Brunel: With a view to the gap of more than 20 nautical miles on Friday afternoon, the Dutch have some catching up to do if they want to continue to participate in the battle for the overall victory
Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng Race Team has just sent these pictures from the first day of the 11th stage
Viewed from the perspective of the two red boats, the stage runs as desired. Dongfeng and Mapfre fans cheer on all channels. Especially for Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng Race Team, which stayed out of the scrumble between Brunel and Mapfre at the start and took the lead, which had not been given up again, shortly afterwards. "It's just going to be a huge fight," the Dongfeng Race Team reported on Friday morning in the social networks. Everyone involved in this sailing thriller knows that this fight can continue until the finish line in front of The Hague. Volvo Ocean Race fan and observer Jan Benedictus noted in a comment on the coverage: "Forget 24, Prison Break, House of Cards and Braking Bad. This is the new addict for the next 60 hours: www.volvooceanrace.com / en / tracker ".
Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng Race Team: Up and Away?