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Race Village fun for the little ones  

There's a huge range of great activities for children in the Auckland Stopover Race Village and children of all ages have been having fun in the sun today.

Hundreds of families have been enjoying mini-golf, having a go on the miniature cars and diggers, face-painting, the shipping container sandpit, fun with balloons and a first sail on the water.

28 February 2015

 

Mapfre wins Leg 4 to Auckland  

In a thrilling conclusion to Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Mapfre won the race to Auckland and crossed the finish line just over four minutes ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing with Dongfeng Race Team less than four minutes behind them.

Flotillas of boats were out on the water and crowds packed into the Race Village to welcome the fleet to the City of Sails.

28 February 2015

 

First boat expected at 9.30pm!  

The winning boat in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race is now expected to cross the finish line at about 9.30pm local time. Mapfre is still holding onto a slim lead ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Dongfeng Race Team. Who will win the sprint to the line? Come on down to the Race Village and cheer them home.

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28 February 2015

 

Sprint for the line?  

Wind conditions and tides could mean a thrilling last dash to the line for the fleet racing into Auckland tonight!

Tom Touber, Volvo Ocean Race Chief Operating Officer, says it's not going to be a straightforward finish.

"There's a fair chance that it will be a relatively quick sail to Rangitoto Island but at the moment it looks like there will then be no wind and the tide is against them.

"The leaders may have to anchor and wait for the tide to turn which will give Team Brunel and Team SCA time to catch up. It's possible that from about midnight tonight we may see a breathtaking light breeze battle to the line.”

The Auckland Stopover Race Village will remain open through the night to welcome the boats into port. Come on down!

28 February 2015

 

The Race Within the Race  

High intensity competition featured at Auckland’s Volvo Ocean Race Village this morning as the six boats in the Volvo Race ocean leg from Sanya to Auckland fought for every advantage in light air off Whangarei’s Marsden Point.

Four teams from regional high schools and four from Auckland boat building companies raced to build small seaworthy craft in just two hours before competing on the waters of the Viaduct Basin.

28 February 2015

 

They're nearly here!  

The first boats are expected to arrive in Auckland tonight! The current ETA is sometime after 10pm and we will update you later today.

In a thrilling race to the finish line, only 12nm separates the first four boats and any one of Mapfre (current leader), Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Dongfeng Race Team and Team Alvimedica could be first in. The television helicopter went off up the coast to find the fleet this morning and pictured are Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Dongfeng Race Team at sunrise, just 100nm from the finish.

 

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