Team AkzoNobel has won Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, racing 6,344 miles from Hong Kong to Auckland in 20 days, 9 hours and 17 minutes and 26 seconds.
Leg 6 had everything from wet, high-speed dashes to drifting in soaring temperatures of the Doldrums in the 6100 nautical miles to Auckland.
Photo courtesy Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
It was a tremendous win, and came after an epic final 24 hours, when a ridge of high pressure off the north east coast of New Zealand stalled the progress of the leading boats, allowing those behind to close what had appeared to be an insurmountable gap.
For team AkzoNobel and SHK/Scallywag, the buffer they’d built up over the past week was only just sufficient, and they were able to match race down the coast all the way to the finish line in the Waitematā Harbour, usually sailing within hailing distance of each other. In the end, the margin at the finish was just two minutes between first and second place.
Volvo Ocean Race Scores Leg 6 and Overall
- team AkzoNobel - Overall 4th, 23 points
- Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag - Overall 3rd, 26 points
- MAPFRE - Overall 1st, 39 points
- Dongfeng Race Team - Overall 2nd, 34 points
- Turn the Tide on Plastic - Overall 7th, 12 points
- Team Brunel - Overall 6th, 20 points
- Vestas 11th Hour Racing - Overall 5th, 23 points
Vestas 11th Hour Race did not sail in Leg 6 after the collision in the latter stages of Leg 4, during the final approach to Hong Kong. Vestas will rejoin Leg 7.
The 7600 Leg 7 leaves Auckland, New Zealand on March 18 and heads to Itajai, Brazil.