8 May 2012

Camper closing on leg 6 leaders

7:39 am on 8 May 2012

Team New Zealand's Camper is in second place and rapidly closing on leaders Puma in the final 450 nautical miles of leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race from Brazil to Miami.

The resurgent New Zealanders, are now within 8 miles of the leaders, as the teams plotted their routes through the Bahamas, trying to avoid windless areas over the final miles.

It will be a nail-biting final 48 hours for all concerned, with the two separate battles likely to have huge consequences on the overall race situation.

A second successive leg win for Puma would move them within reach of overall leaders Telefónica, second-placed Groupama and third-placed Camper on the overall scoreboard.

As it currently stands, Team Telefónica lead overall by 16 points from Groupama sailing team with Camper a further nine points back while Puma are 32 points off the pace.