Supermoon lights way as Telefónica reclaim second

The biggest full moon of the year as seen from onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 6 - Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race

Nights and days are rolling into one as the race through the Caribbean continues with the ‘supermoon’ lighting the way.

The moon is currently passing closer to Earth than usual creating the biggest and brightest full moon of the year — and for the teams, racing 24 hours a day, there has been little change in light as the sun goes down.


The biggest full moon of the year as seen from onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 6 - Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race

“Man the moon was big and bright coming up over the horizon,” said Amory Ross, media crew member on leg leaders PUMA.

“Sailing last night was no different than sailing during the day: you could see waves and wind on the water, and the sails were lit well enough for strobe-free trimming.

“We wondered what affect, good or bad, it might have on the tides and currents through the countless Caribbean and Bahamian islands we’ll be passing over the next couple of days.”

For the crew of second-placed CAMPER, the moon provided a welcome talking point, although, somewhat inevitably, it wasn’t long before thoughts turned back to food.

“The night times at the moment are not too dissimilar to day times because the moon is so full and so bright,” MCM Hamish Hooper said.

“In case you didn’t know at the moment we are experiencing what is referred to as a ‘super moon’ and it is really super. It’s when the moon is at its closest to the earth, obviously.

“But the term ‘super’ really got me longing for our arrival to America because if anything and everything can be super anywhere its in America, I guess I am mainly just thinking of supersizing everything again.

“The food program on board has become tiresome, so as usual there is a lot of talk about food in Miami.”

At 0700 UTC PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG were the quickest boat in the fleet averaging 17.1 knots but it was Team Telefónica taking the headlines as they stole second place back off CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand.

Groupama sailing team and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, in fourth and fifth respectively, gained precious miles on the frontrunners as they benefitted from better breeze around 100 miles behind.

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