The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race continues to be the closest battle in recent history.
After seven days at Sea only 33 nautical miles separate the seven boat fleet as the teams sail towards Cape Verde in the Atlantic Ocean.
However six of the seven teams are within seven nautical miles of each other with Team SCA – an all female crew Skippered by Briton Sam Davies – trailing a little further behind.
Although that could easily change over night.
Due to 11 knot winds the closely bunched fleet are hugging as close to the West African coast as possible.
As a result it has become an intense inshore racing, gybe for gybe with opposition clearly in sight:
The first of nine legs in total will take the fleet over 6487 nautical miles from Alicante in Spain to Cape Town in South Africa.