Volvo Ocean Race: Icebergs to starboard:
(December 16, 2017; Leg 3, Day 7) – The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has been making ground to the northeast over the past 24 hours, the northerly component of their progress largely as a result of the Antarctica Ice Exclusion Zone (AIEZ) being shifted to the north yesterday.
When Race Control learned of an iceberg to the northeast of the Kerguelen Islands, a prudent decision yesterday was made to move the AIEZ to the north, to keep the fleet out of a known iceberg area.
“The safety of the crews is our first priority,” explained Race Director Phil Lawrence. “We do not want teams surfing down waves at over 25 knots of boatspeed at night, in an area where we have been to…
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Gabart to make history tomorrow:
(December 16, 2017; Day 43, 14:00 FR) – The end is near for François Gabart in his bid to set a new singlehanded round the world record, is enduring a light patch as he nears the finish line. With 269.41 nm remaining, the skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran has covered 559.1 nm in the past 24 hours which has decreased his advance of the record pace to 2747.09 nm.
Gabart has left the last really windy area of his round the world race and is now making headway behind a ridge of high pressure, which is heading towards Brittany at the same as him. He should cross the finishing line tomorrow morning, crushing the record of 49 days, 3 hours, 4 minutes and 28 seconds held by Thomas Covil…
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