Volvo Ocean Race: Standing by for fate:
(November 8, 2017; Leg 2, Day 4) – Just when the leaders of the Volvo Ocean Race thought they had locked in to their final gybe to port and were looking forward to some straight southbound sailing toward Cape Verde and beyond, life happened.
Amid softening and shifty winds, the temptation to step west proved too much with teams choosing the moment when they saw the wind direction giving them a good slant on starboard to minimize the losses to the fleet for the projected gain down the road.
While it has been amusement park conditions to date, the game is ahead as the fleet looks toward the transition from the northeast trade winds they’ve been enjoying and the Doldrums that a…
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Clipper Race: Life on the lean:
(November 8, 2017; Day 8) – Life continues at a lean for many Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams today as the fleet slogs it out in tough upwind conditions. Now deep in the Southern Ocean with around 3,400 nautical miles to go until Fremantle, Sanya Serenity Coast maintains its lead over the rest of the fleet although the distance it had over the other teams has considerably reduced over the last 24 hours. Full report.
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