Alicante, Spain (March 20, 2015) – A massive one kilometre-wide iceberg has forced the Volvo Ocean Race to change the positioning of their ice gates to keep the fleet clear of trouble in the Southern Ocean on Leg 5 from New Zealand to Brazil.
The berg was heading towards the path of the fleet so organisers and their advisers, French company CLS and Dutch weather expert Marcel van Triest, opted late on Thursday night (Mar 19) to move the current ice limit route further to the north.
The main iceberg is not the only concern. Growlers – pieces of ice that have broken away and float semi-submerged in the icy cold water – are also a major threat to the fleet.
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