Auckland, NZL (March 18, 2015; Day 1) – As the sun rose, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet finally started Leg 5 some 67 hours after the initial start time. With Cyclone Pam now passed, her storm-force winds were now reduced to fickle whispers at the start as Dongfeng Race Team led the fleet out of the Waitemata Harbour.
The fleet may have avoided the deadly weather system, but the six boats still face the toughest of all nine legs as they race through the Southern Ocean to Itajaí in Brazil.
“The conditions will be light early on, with coastal sailing up to the easternmost tip of New Zealand, but by Monday or Tuesday, they will have left the South Pacific and then it will …
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Volvo Ocean Race: From a scream to a whisper, Editor