A virus has swept through the race village and several sailors were reported to be suffering from coughing fits and sore throats.

The Olympic silver medallist received a late call up from Team Brunel just in time for the race around Cape Horn.

The early underdogs in the Volvo Ocean Race have proved critics wrong with improved performances in the last two legs.

The crew could only watch on as Visit Seattle stole victory, followed just over an hour later by Sanya Serenity Coast for second, and Liverpool 2018 which took third.

The first of the competitors got off today after a delayed start due to fickle air at Portsea, signalling the start of the 5500 nautical mile race.

South easterly and easterly conditions made for an easy race in both directions.

Matt Mitchell's team has led the fleet for eight days since leaving Sanya and is now approximately 30 nautical miles from the finish line.

The Scoring Gate points have been announced, with three points awarded to Qingdao, which is currently in Stealth Mode.

The latest weather forecast from Simon Rowell, Clipper Race Meteorologist, predicts that progress should stay fairly consistent for the next three days.

PSP Logistics has extended its lead and is now around 50 nautical miles ahead of nearest competitor, Visit Seattle.

Dongfeng Race Team earned a spectacular come from behind win on Saturday afternoon in New Zealand.

After four days, PSP Logistics continues to lead, with Sanya now second and Qingdao third.

PSP Logistics' Matt Mitchell describes conditions: Half the boat was still underwater on the back of the waves. We really struggled to get good boat speed.

On International Women's Day 2018, Abby Ehler organised and co-hosted a landmark event in the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Auckland.

The fleet has been buffeted over the last day, with Clipper Race Meteorologist Simon Rowell reporting the main pulse of the incoming northeast is just upwind of the leading pack, with the gusts estimated to peak at 50 knots over the next 24 hours.