Team AkzoNobel and Team Brunel are racing practically neck and neck in a Dutch drag race towards the finish as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet geared up for a nail-biting Leg 9 finale. In fact, they're so close that when you look at the Live Tracker you can't see two boats, just one - that flickers between purple and yellow. Countdown to arrivals in Cardiff is officially on, let the stress begin.
Sometimes a picture says a 1000 words and that's definitely the case here. The pressure on team AkzoNobel's skipper Simeon Tienpont will be huge right now as he tries to defend the lead against a very determined, very ruthless Bouwe Bekking. Funnily enough, during the press conference in Newport Simeon explained that Bouwe was his idle and that's why it would be all the sweeter to beat him across the Atlantic. Standyby everyone, it's going to be an epic finish.
They might not be at the front of the fleet but that hasn't stopped Turn the Tide on Plastic from having some serious fun onboard. Check out this 'hangover' video from the team.
It might have taken some time for team Brunel to gel as a team but they are now on top of their game. Bouwe always believed success would be down to having the right mix of old and new onboard and we like how Sam Greenfield's latest picture has captured that. #LearningFromTheBest
Now Charles Caudrelier is probably one of the more silent characters in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet and that's why we've really enjoyed watching this video Dongfeng's Onboard Reporter Jeremie Lecaudey and our video editors have put togther. How much do you really know about our French skipper?
Now, there aren't too many places to hide in the Atlantic but it looks like Blair Tuke and Sophie Cizesk have found the perfect spot...
And finally, it's with great excitement we can finally announce that the Cardiff Race Village is now open! Click here for more info.
✔️ First U.K stopover since the 2005-06 edition ?— Volvo Ocean Race (@volvooceanrace) May 27, 2018
✔️ Opened by @fmwales and @huwthomas_Wales ???????
✔️ Wisdom welcoming the crowds to the party atmosphere ?
The #VolvoOceanRace #Cardiff Race Village is officially OPEN! ? Full story ⏩ https://t.co/LZtniBXbk5 pic.twitter.com/DDfiCamn5k