Delta Lloyd takes control

The Ger O'Rourke-owned Delta Lloyd took over the lead of stage seven in the Volvo Ocean Race last night as the seven-boats began their approach to the Galway finishing line.

The fleet is currently expected on Sunday.

Official race standings are in a state of flux as the seven boats are split into two groups across a west-east axis with Roberto Bermudez's Delta Lloyd team narrowly holding off Kenny Read on Puma in the west.

Delta Lloyd heads out of the harbor to start the seventh leg of the Volvo Ocean race May 16, 2009 in Boston. Photo: AFP, Getty Images

On the opposite side of the course, last-placed Ericsson 3 is jousting with Ireland's Green Dragon, which was 10 miles ahead last night.

The fleet is expecting conditions to change today from sunny and fresh to wet and windy as they make fast progress towards Ireland's west coast.