Volvo Ocean Race: Dive, dive, dive:
(March 19, 2018; Day 2) – The start yesterday from Auckland saw the seven-boat Volvo Ocean Race fleet sail straight into a 30-knot easterly, with today offering little let-up with winds hovering around 25 knots producing similar boat speeds as the teams begin Leg 7 to Brazil.
An opening day lead for Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE saw the deck reshuffled today as the fleet piled into an unpredicted wind hole after rounding the East Cape, with ranking positions now misleading as the direction to the finish is to east but the teams are now focused on the lower latitudes.
With the easterly breeze forecast brought on by an anticyclone due to remain in place for several days before…
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Freddy Mopping the Floor:
If there is one leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to be apprehensive about, it is Leg 7, the route from New Zealand to Brazil. Predicted to be cold and windy with mammoth seas, Turn the Tide on Plastic’s onboard reporter Sam Greenfield checks in the second day of this classic course in offshore racing.
If the Southern Ocean nerves are going to get you they tend to hit hardest in the last few days before you head offshore, when you still have a warm bed, hot meals and family and loved ones are at worst only a phone call away.
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