Clipper Race: The Elusive Pacific:
(March 29, 2018; Day 6) – The positive news today for the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race is the wind finally arrived as forecast, allowing boat speeds and progress to pick up, though on the downside it’s still patchy and the weeds are thick in this area, meaning teams are still experiencing frustrations in their attempts to clear Japan and make it out into the Pacific. Full report.
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Volvo Ocean Race: Making the turn:
(March 29, 2018; Day 12) – Skipper Bouwe Bekking and navigator Andrew Cape have used their veteran nous to sail Team Brunel past Cape Horn at the head of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. Bekking and his team passed the famed Cape at 13:01 UTC (provisional) today and earn one point on the leaderboard for being first past the Horn.
But even with a successful passage from the Pacific into the Atlantic Ocean, Bekking said the mood on board during the approach to Cape Horn was subdued.
“The crew is very, very, very tired,” he said. “Even though we are leading, there is no ‘hurray’ feeling on board… The loss of John (Fisher on Scallywag) is sitting way deeper than people like to …
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