(March 18, 2015; Day 2) – Unlike other legs of the Volvo Ocean Race, this stage from New Zealand to Brazil had a very brief coastal component before the teams sought out ‘life at the extreme’.
After a day of crossing the Bay of Plenty, with Abu Dhabi and SCA reporting speed problems due to weed on the blades, all six teams have now fully separated from East Cape (NZL) and are beam reaching at 20 knots to the east toward Cape Horn.
Unlike many of the previous legs, the fleet already has a split up 60nm. To the north, Brunel and Alvimedica are paired up, and to the south is MAPRE. Among those in the middle, the top two boats overall, Abu Dhabi and Dongfeng, a…
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