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At 2000h tonight the leaders still had 490m to go, currently doing 10kn with not much prospect of increasing breeze. That makes it Saturday evening finish. I saw some predictions for finish times on Volvo Race app a few days ago but can't see any now. Has anyone seen any predictions based on perforce prediction software / current wind forecasts??

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Wowww, the gap from top to tail in the fleet doubled over night.


The rich are getting richer at the moment.


The 3hr pace has the 1st boat 23 hours from the finish, 36hrs for the last boat.

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Yeah, doesn't seem to be live yet... Still only 3 hourly updates.  At some stage soon it should go Live with continual updates for the final run in to Auckland, going to be a great finish between the front 3...

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Opps, that's why the boats seemed to be so constant so often. I thought it was a continual update tracker.


Yet again I'm astounded by my own stupidity.

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A colleague reports large colourful boat heading south in moderate breeze as seen from batch just south of Tutukaka at 12:30.

Close hauled with mast head zero on (probably beam reaching with apparent wind well forward)

Colours are cream or yellow sails with random red squiggles, based on very poor iPhone photo.

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Anyone know where to find an eta for the leaders, can't find it in the Volvo site but may be blind!

Us both. All I can find was 2-3hrs old.

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Opps it just updated.

Just north of Kawau there abouts, the detail is crap. doing 7-8 kts, 32-34nm to go.


Next update in 3hrs 20min?????

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Vestas wind grounding investigation to be released tomorrow!  Here's whats happening at the village;



The fifth High Performance Yacht Design (HPYD5) conference begins in the Race Village on Monday 9 March. Contact Graeme Finch for further details at g.finch@auckland.ac.nz Website is www.hpyd.org.nz


On Monday 9 March, the Volvo Ocean Race will release the independent report into the stranding of Team Vestas Wind. Further details of the plan are provided on the Race press zone. 


Team Alvimedica have raised more than US$10,000 (more than NZ$13,500) for Heart Kids New Zealand from their charity auction for the Jump Seat at the Leg 5 start.


The fleet of VO65's will be craned back into the water from 18:00 hrs Sunday 8 March, weather dependant. It is expected all boats will be back in the water by Monday 9 March.


Activities and events continue in the Race Village.


Entertainment on the main stage for Monday 9 March:

Ben Ratima (12:00 - 14:00)

Ed Gaiger (17:00 - 19:00)

DJ Murry Sweetpants (19:00 - 21:00)


The activities in the Race Village include the Another Day at the Office movies, the VO65 Cross Section, kids activities, Volvo Pavilion, SCA Pavilion, and all other activities will be open daily from 09:00.


The full programme of entertainment and action on and off the water is available to view on the Auckland Stopover website here


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