Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong. Joan Vila © Ugo Fonollá/MAPFRE/Volvo Ocean Race

There was a lot of activity on board yesterday and last night, in the best doldrums conditions, with well-developed showers and thunderstorms, requiring constant sail changes and manoeuvring.  At one stage yesterday afternoon we could see the whole fleet, parked together in light winds. It took a few doldrums showers and a thunderstorm to split the fleet apart again overnight in all different directions. We are now only in visual sight of DFRT and TTOP, while this morning we could also see VS11 and AKZO.

After a busy night, weather conditions are much more relaxed now, with slightly steadier winds and only small cumulus clouds that are not producing showers, allowing to steer course with somewhat steadier gentle E winds, and a time to catch up on rest for all of us. Otherwise all is well on MAPFRE. We had a few dolphin visits around the yacht, and also passed by a whale.

Joan Vila.