The official confirmation of results at the end of Leg Two has revealed an incredible overall leaderboard - three yachts share the top spot and the first six teams are separated by just three points.VAIO, BP Explorer, and Samsung all have 25 points after the second and gruelling Southern Ocean leg from Buenos Aires to Wellington.
In joint second place and only one point behind the leading trio are Leg Two winners Spirit of Sark
and BG SPIRIT
. To complete the picture, Barclays Adventurer
is in third overall with 22 points.
Team Save the Children
both lodged requests for redress after diverting from the racecourse to assist Imagine It. Done
. with vital medical supplies. Samsung was awarded a total of 17h 56m (16h 56m for assistance to Imagine It. Done.
and 1 hour for tactical advantage lost) by the International Jury on Tuesday 11 January. As they finished 18 hours and 51 minutes after BG SPIRIT
in third the redress awarded was not enough to affect their leaderboard position and they remain in fourth on the Leg Two results table.
Team Save the Children,
on the other hand, was awarded 8 hours and 5 minutes, (7 hours and 38 minutes for assistance to Imagine It. Done.
and 27 minutes for tactical advantage lost). As a result they have moved from eighth to sixth and skipper Paul KELLY and the crew are said to be absolutely delighted with the decision and their revised position.
Teams not involved in the request for redress are not affected by the decision, so Me to You
and Team Save the Children
now share sixth place, both awarded ten points for the second leg. SAIC La Jolla
still occupy seventh place and eighth place is subsequently vacant on the Leg Two leaderboard.
is confirmed in ninth place for Leg Two and Pindar
are officially tenth. Imagine It. Done
. receive three points after they retired from the leg, and Team Stelmar
are set to receive five points as long as they race to the finish line.
The overall positions are testament to the close racing out on the water and the unbelievably close finishes at the climax of both legs. And the forthcoming sprint leg, where the form guide will be thrown out the window during an intensely competitive straight dash to Sydney, could result in drastic leaderboard movements on the overall table.
The dynamic of the leg is such that a dramatically close finish is almost guaranteed. If the one-design yachts finish within minutes of one another after more than 6000nm, a week-long 1250nm sprint will surely not disappoint.