With the first of multiple starts just eight days away, both excitement and pressure are tangible at Sandringham Yacht Club, where most boats are berthed.
PSP Logistics has regained the lead on Day 3 of the approximately 1,700 nautical mile Race 8.
PSP Logistics was caught in a massive fishing net and called the following boats to warn them of the hazard.
Despite the slow speeds, life has been busy on board with many tacks required to navigate around the fishing fleets and wind holes.
Vestas 11th Hour Racing is back in the game, but the loss of a life still weighs heavily on the minds of Mark Towill , Charlie Enright and crew.
An independent report into ocean racing at night in areas of high vessel traffic density has been taken.
Australian entrants Mark Sinclair and Kevin Farebrother are the first to ship their yachts to Europe for the start.
The competing yachts negotiate both traditional and modern sea traffic before embarking on the open water section of the 565-nautical mile course to Subic Bay in the Philippines.
The margin at the finish was just two minutes between first and second place.
Light breeze stretches around 70 miles from North Cape to Cape Brett at the entrance to the Bay of Islands before moderate north-easterlies will fill in providing fast reaching conditions into the finish line.
With just over 500 miles to go for the leaders, time is running out to make a move.
There's a big spread in the fleet from west to east, reflecting different options for the final 1000 miles to Auckland.
Maserati Multi 70 is the new holder of the Hong Kong-London sailing record, completing the Tea Route challenge in 36 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes.
George David and Rambler 88 have come up with the goods again, this time with a hat-trick.
Team AkzoNobel has emerged as clear leaders of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Friday with the top three crews lining up south of New Caledonia for the crucial last phase.