Light to moderate winds in an unhelpful direction have created an interesting split in the fleet, as it continues to make its way towards Novorossiysk.
Akela (Russia) continues to make good progress and now has a commanding lead on the water as she excels in the light to moderate headwinds.The rest of the fleet has split into two distinct strategic groups. The southerly cluster is headed by Mir (Russia), still followed closely by Nadezhda (Russia), which has done well in the initial stages of the race. The more northerly group is beginning to catch up as the winds are becoming stronger and generally more favourable in this area. The more northerly strategy could begin to benefit Adornate (Romania), Kaliakra (Bulgaria) and Royal Helena (Bulgaria).
1st Mir (Russia) and 2nd overall
2nd Nadezhda (Russia)
3rd Pogoria (Poland)
4th Kruzenshtern (Russia)
5th Kaliakra (Bulgaria)
6th Royal Helena (Bulgaria)
Combined Class B, C and D
1st Akela (Russia) and 1st overall
2nd Adornate (Romania)
3rd Atyla (Vanuatu) – pictured
Meanwhile Vityaz (Russia) has retired.
You can track the ships using the Yellow Brick (YB) tracking system, a device carried by each vessel with live tracking updated every 15 minutes.
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