Volvo Ocean Race: East after south:
(March 21, 2018; Day 4) – The Volvo Ocean Race the teams have reached the Furious Fifties and made their turn to the east, pointing towards the famed Cape Horn in this leg from from Auckland (NZL) to Itajaí (BRA).
There has been little let-up for the seven teams as north-easterly winds of 20 and 30 knots has guaranteed rapid sailing conditions and similar boat speeds from the Volvo 65s.
Vestas 11th Hour Racing clocked off 500.2 nautical miles in the 24 hours leading up to the 0700 position report, with their six rivals all within 15 miles of the target.
Until now the race has been to get due south as fast as possible to skirt round the bottom of a big anticyclone, bu…
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Time to Rethink Offshore Conditions:
Not long after seven Volvo Ocean Race teams were forced to find safe passage through the crowded waters off Hong Kong, with a collision between Vestas 11th Hour Racing and a fishing boat resulting in one fatality, the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race put their fleet of 11 boats to a similar test.
From the start in Sanya, the Clipper 70 skippers were passing through the same waters enroute to Qingdao and quickly faced the chaotic conditions of the region. Though unlike the Volvo fleet which were beam reaching at 20+ knots, the Clipper crews were fortunate to be sailing at less than half that pace.
Visibility is imperative for safe passage. But add darkness or fog, e…
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