After almost two days at sea – and with less than 1,000 miles remaining in total – just eight miles split the seven crews. Tensions are high but for Team Brunel, MAPFRE and Dongfeng Race Team, everything is at stake. Read the latest story from our editorial team here.
To understand what the teams are truly going through, what better seat in the house than our helicopter? Watch below as the teams sail toward Bull Rock on the south west corner of Ireland and begin to head north - bizarrely away from the finish line...
Dipping in and out of virtually no breeze, there is nothing more lost than a sailor without wind. Take a look at this stunning picture taken by Sam Greenfield's drone as the teams round Fastnet Rock.
On such a short leg it's good to remember that our tracker is live. While the sailors are stuck getting position reportas every 6 hours, we can see everything that goes on in real time. Make sure you download the Volvo Ocean Race App to stay up-to-date.
As we watch the fleet with an overwhelming sense of anticipation, turns out that's exactly what winning skipper of the last Volvo Ocean Race, Ian Walker, is doing too. Take a look at his tweet below.
I think the next 6 hours could go a long way to deciding the result of the @volvooceanrace— Ian Walker (@ADORSkipper) June 12, 2018
The pictures that have come in so far this leg have been great, but this one really sums up raw emotion as Alex Gough waking up for his watch onboard team SHK/Scallywag.
There's no downtime for the sailors and every little helps. Listen to how Chris Nicholson plans to keep team AkzoNobel at the front of the fleet.
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