Volvo Ocean Race: Preparing for Battle:
(November 18, 2017; Leg 2, Day 14) – Those following the rankings and tracker for the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race could be forgiven for thinking they’d glanced away for more than one of the six-hour position reports. This morning, the full Volvo Ocean Race fleet is sailing away from Cape Town, a tactical decision to pick up stronger winds in the coming hours.
All seven boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet are sailing to the southwest. But the finish line in Cape Town is now nearly directly to the east. Every mile sailed in this westerly direction is adding to, not subtracting from, the distance to finish.
The leaderboard is constantly undergoing a shake-up, reflective at the mo…
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Clipper Race: Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint:
(November 18, 2017; Day 18) – Leaderboard standings across the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet have stayed consistent over the last 24 hours as the leading teams began their Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint.
Race leaders, Sanya Serenity Coast, crossed the western start gate first with Skipper Wendy Tuck reporting: “We started the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint last night, so have our spikes on and we are off. This morning has been a bit busy – we decided to go for a hoist of the Code 3 (heavyweight spinnaker). All went well, until about one hour later the breeze built up again and what with chippy choppy sea was time to get it down.”
Conditions are turning in her favor thou…
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