113304Fleet compressing as Scallywag grabs pole position © Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race

While SHK/Scallywag has made good on its westerly route to grab an impressive lead over the past 24 hours, the fleet is compressing, and as of Sunday afternoon, it’s the chasing pack enjoying stronger winds.

The Scallywags have to be pleased with last 24 hours as they’ve gone from trailing team...

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Scallywag skipper David Witt has long claimed he's not a big fan of computer files and weather routing. He prefers, he says, to stick his head out the hatch, look at the clouds and point the boat accordingly. 

Scallywags to the fore © Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race

That's the way teams sail through the localised weather in the doldrums and it appears as if Witt...

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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...

Read more: Breakout - AkzoNobel and Scallywag take the lead


Team AkzoNobel and SHK/Scallywag are the big winners over the past 24 hours as both have had a relatively fast transition through the doldrums.

Team AkzoNobel and Scallywag seize the opportunity © Rich Edwards/Volvo Ocean Race

This has allowed them to gain about 100 miles on the chasing pack who have suffered through some painful moments.

Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE have had the worst of it....

Read more: Team AkzoNobel and Scallywag seize the opportunity


Team AkzoNobel is looking to get an early start on the weekend, making a serious bid to be first out of the doldrums on Friday afternoon.

Placing bets at the 'Casino Doldrums'

The team is now furthest south in the fleet and is beginning to pick up the westerly breeze that would indicate they’re past the worst of the light and variable winds that plague this area.

But who will...

Read more: Placing bets at the 'Casino Doldrums'



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