Carolijn in the parade. Charles in the parade. Dockout; Charles steering, Pascal waves his hat. Jumpers jump off. Fist bumps before the start. Kevin: 45! Start. Stu: Pressure in 5. Higher, slower than Scalliwag. Other boats: Brunel, TTToP, AkzoNobel. Marie says something in French. Mark rounding. Big daymarker/tower. Charles on the helm. Tack. Pascal says something in French. Carolijn below: The war has started. So far so good for us. Had a good start, came out of the Gothenburg river in second place behind Akzo. But obviously the fleet is really close together. Now tacking up the Swedish coast to Norway, battling out the shifts. Going to be an intense afternoon and night ahead.HIgh-wind reaching past a Scottish island. Carlo, in the cockpit: We've been making nice gains on the others. Dongfeng, maybe 1.5 miles [ahead]. We're going around the top of Britain, setting course for the bottom of Norway. It's gonna be pretty windy soon. We'll be peeling to the J2 [from the J1, presumably] pretty soon. Sam: What's the morale on board in the last 12 hours? Carlo: Always good. Intense. Happy. Slightly tired. Nice sailing conditions. Sam: You've put boats behind you. Carlo: You can barely see them, but I think it's Turn the Tide and AkzoNobel. Disappearing quickly. Carlo on the foredeck (witih the J1 up). Bouwe: Top of England, with one more island to go. Got current with us, 3 knots. Sam: What's the intensity like right now? Bouwe: We've got the two red boats ahead of us, we're pushing hard. But Akzo and Turn the Tide about 4 miles behind us. We've done quite nicely in the last 7 or 8 hours. Grinding in the cockpit.Louis, below: Pushing hard. 10 miles behind MAPFRE. Not ideal, but everything to play for. One big push to the finish, do everything we can to help Bouwe win his first Volvo. Sam to Carlo: How hard is everyone pushing right now? Carlo: Yeah, it's intense... Full on. Wind is always great, of course. The goal is to keep the two red boats behind us. It's tough. You can definitely notice a difference in the fleet the last couple of legs. We have to try. Louis changes into dry clothes, gets in his bunk. Cool maneuver with his boots to keep his socks dry. He laughs at Sam. "Such a struggle."Close up of Henry's foulies. He gets his boots on. Henry: Sailing is a complex sport. Talks about wind, weather, technique. Every single day is different. He sits at the nav station with Dee. Dee: Attention to detail. He loves data. Very performance-driven. Henry writes in a notebook. He talks about the level of intensity, how close the racing is. On deck, he talks about the drag race. Vestas 24 miles to windward. He thinks once the shift comes it will be pretty close. Below, Henry: Keep pushing, on day 7, day 11, day 12. It can come down to just a few minutes at the end. He dries off below.Cool drone shots of TTToP sailing fast on starboard. Lucas goes on deck. Below, he tells about his earliest memories of going out on the water. Had some early near-drowning experiences that frightened his mum (he jokes). Slomo shots of Lucas in the washing machine. "It's nine months of nonstop sailing, which is cool. But can also be quite tiring." Pushing on, keeping the intensity. He gets out of his bunk, gets dressed. "This is the worst part. As soon as you put these on you want to take them straight off again." (re: the fouies). Talks about the challenges of the current conditions. He sits at the nav station with Dee. She talks about Lucas: He's a real find... Good in tough conditions. Confident around the boat. Good team player. Good on the helm: a natural surfer. Lucas: I've always looked up to the Volvo, and the guys that have done it. The elite of offshore sailing. Drone shot.Shot of MAPFRE and Dongfeng closing. Nicolas talks about how far behind they were a day ago; now they have 8 knots of wind while TTToP is drifting. Bernardo talks about going asleep with them out of sight, and on top of the leaders, but then waking up and having the two trailing boats on their hip. They're fighting with each other; hopefully we can sail away and go for third place. Francesa takes a line off the clew of the MH0 while Bianca holds onto her. Dee talks about how it's a lot tighter than they expected. They tracked the boats in front down and got much closer, but then they got the breeze, and meanwhile the boats bdhind caught them. She'll be absolutely gutted if they don't get the result they deserve. Liz looking intense on the helm. Henry: We've been racing for three weeks, and we have a 100-mile race beween 5 boats. It's gonna be a big next 10 hours, and hopefully we can hold on and get on the podium... Two fastest boats in the fleet bearing down on us. Going to be an intense few hours.They sail in light wind very close to some rocks. Alex, trimming: "I think we should get closer to these rocks." Talks about how the whole fleet is right here. Trying to eke out any advanage. Marcus, on the helm, points out possible new breeze line. Witty from the foredeck: "085, mate; 085!" Marcus jokes about needing to avoid having the rock named after them. Witty: "Can't believe Donfeng and MAPFRE are here. No justice in that." Libby and Trystan talk about 5 boats being within a few miles of each other. Great shots of the land. Trystan talks about the boats around them: TTToP, Brunel, MAPFRE, Dongfeng. Witty does play-by-play commentary. "Got some breeze back." 1 mile behind Akzo, 100 miles to go. It's been a tough day. "More than happy to take a second and then run away and hide." Ben on the helm; Witty on the PA: "We have gained one tenth of a mile." Ben talks about how intense it is.Drone shot of two boats a few miles away to weather sailing on port tack: TTToP on the right and Scallywag a few hundred yards behind them. Drone pulls back to show AkzoNobel below, ahead and to leeward of the other boats. Shot from amidships on the weather rail showing Akzo's crew with the other two boats behind them and to weather. Jules sits on the weather rail with his arms crossed. Jules: "Got a pretty close race on at the moment with the last 270 miles to Cape Town." He talks about how they have a ridge of high pressure ahead of them that they keep banging into, which brings them back to the other boats. Nicolai steers. Brad talks about the tricky conditions, constant adjustments. Simeon scowls at the boats astern of them. Emily, in the companionway: "It's 6 a.m., just finished a 4-hour watch, 2 to 6. It's one of the longest 4 hours I've had on this trip. We're pretty close to both Turn the Tide and Scallywag, and less then a day from Cape Town, so it's pretty tense." Very low-altitude drone shot of AkzoNobel sailing to weather in light conditions. Jules talks about how they'll probably finish in the middle of the night. "There'll probably be a massive park-up close to the finish line." Last place will probably be decided 300 meters from the finish. "We'll have to get our rabbits' feet, 4-leaf clover, dice, and other such paraphernalia out and give them a shake." Shot of Scallywag and TTToP to weather and behind them.Slomo shot up the slot as TTToP sails on port talk toward the sunrise. Drone shot from astern with AkzoNobel a few miles directly ahead of them; drone then circles TTToP and we see Scallywag a half mile astern of them and slightly to weather. Henry, in the cockpit with Scallywag visible behind him: "It's been all right. Pretty intense. Scallywag breathing down our necks, trying to catch AkzoNobel." Close drone shot as TTToP sails past the drone. Martin is trimming. Martin: "Traveler up... Hold." Sam: "How's the intensity, Martin?" Martin (glancing astern): "A bit too close for comfort I think. It's going to be a long, long day with this setup with three boats within two and a half miles. It's going to be an interesting finish." Drone shot of TTToP from bow with Scallywag close behind them. Henry, laughing: "Three boats have already finished, so it isn't that close. Nothing like fighting for a wooden spoon." He sticks his tongue out. Henry: "Never fought so hard to be not-last in my life. But if you're not first your last so it doesn't matter!" Francesca, on the helm, makes a face. Another drone shot, slowly circling to show Scallywag behind them, AkzoNobel ahead.