18 March 2015
Spanish lead fleet out of New Zealand
This Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race will be toughest of the race which is not expected to be concluded until around 7 April in Itajai, in south-east Brazil.
However, the Spanish crew continued where they left off after winning Leg 4 from Sanya, China, to Auckland, leading the six boats up the eastern coast of New Zealand's north island towards East Cape.
On this leg of the race, the six boats will be assisting in an important environmental project to provide vital data from the Southern Ocean.
All six teams will each deploy a drifter as this is a region oceanographers don't get to visit regularly. Each team will deploy their drifter at the same predetermined coordinates. As soon as they are in the water, they will drift with ocean surface currents and transmit data on surface pressure and ocean currents through a global satellite network.
Anyone can access the drifter data at http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/dac.