It will be so exciting! The three-way battle in the final phase of the sixth stage turned into a pentathlon again overnight! After it had looked until Monday that the three leading teams AkzoNobel, Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag and Dee Caffari's Team Turn the Tide on Plastic would be able to save their lead at the finish line, the winds around New Zealand's northern tip, Cape Reinga, are low Exhibition Bay and along the east coast the field pushed together again enormously. The pursuers Dongfeng and Mapfre, who were sailing up to 80 nautical miles away from the top trio on Monday, were only six to seven nautical miles behind leader AkzoNobel on Tuesday morning around 8 a.m.
So spectacularly beautiful and exciting is the final spurt towards Auckland
New Zealand in sight! David Witt's Team Sun Hung Kais / Scallywag is sailing towards Auckland with a chance of victory
Stage 6, day 21: The intermediate results shortly before 8 a.m. German time
Thus, after more than 6000 nautical miles, the first five boats were about 100 nautical miles from the destination port of Auckland in still weak winds a total of only seven nautical miles apart! And even the bottom of the line, Brunel, who was almost 200 nautical miles behind in last position 24 hours earlier, was able to reduce his deficit to 36 nautical miles. The yellow boat with skipper Bouwe Bekking and New Zealand's high-flyer Peter Burling will still have a hard time making up places. But all other boats now have a chance of winning the stage again, which will still be decided today in the presumably exciting final spurt. And who knows what's going to happen for the yellow ones.
New Zealand in sight! Team Brunel's "Golden Boy" Peter Burling is looking forward to returning home
Do you still put the pack shortly before the finish line? After a successful catch-up, the Spanish team Mapfre is back to the leading trio shortly before the port of destination. The same goes for Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng Race Team. What else is up for the reds?
The 21st day of the sixth stage has dawned and could be the last. The final hours of this sailing thriller will be broadcast live. The position reports have also been updated live since Monday. The organizers expect the leading boats to arrive from Tuesday afternoon, German time. However, according to YACHT-online calculations, slacker winds could push the final chord back a little, so that the showdown only comes in the evening. Here the tracker provides information at any time about how far the individual boats still have to reach their destination.
Looking forward to returning home: America's Cup winner and 49er Olympic champion Peter Burling
For many sailors aboard the six boats, New Zealand is also home to their own in sight