(May 24, 2015; Day 8) – The eagerly awaited right hand shift has come and it has arrived in style, with the WNW direction testing the downwind tactics of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. Too bad it will be the light air downwind tactics.
Negotiating the high-pressure system in the fleet’s way has been the main mission for several days now. Teams were trading off extra distance sailed for more wind north against the flip side of that to the south. But that game has ended as both north and south sides of the course are sub 10 knots
With the wind clocking all the way from SWS to past west, Dongfeng acted decisively, being the first team to gybe to port and benefiting from th…
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