(February 23, 2015; Day 16) – While the Volvo Ocean Race fleet made good time getting through the Doldrums, much of today was the payback, what Abu Dhabi navigator Simon Fisher called “the Doldrums outside the Doldrums”.
The fleet was in a 150nm band of very unstable and unpredictable light winds, which for a time today saw all the bows on a line extending 50nm from east to west. “We can feel the rivalry and there’s no time for distractions,” reported Francisco Vignale on MAPRE. “The fact is that just one gust can get you out and solve the race itself.”
Gonzalo Infante, the Race Control manager and weather expert, notes how the wea…
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