The Volvo Ocean Race arrives on your fourth step, after the historic Chinese parade of Sanya. The six boats from around the world, this Sunday (8), to Auckland, in New Zealand, the so-called City of Sails. The route will have almost 10,000 km and is the last before coming to Brazil. The expected conclusion of the race is three weeks and the forecast is for more wind in relation to the previous steps. The team to beat is the Dongfeng Race Team, current leader of the Championship and excited to have dominated the parade in your House.
The rule of the Volvo Ocean Race, the boats made a kind of course between buoys before heading journey to the next destination. The audience that filled the marina of Sanya saw a thrilling start. And so it was up to the open sea. The teams sailed for nearly 14 kilometres to the mark next to the big Buddha statue called Guan Yin, the Chinese island postcard. The monument is one of the highest in the world, with 108 meters high.
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Several teams took turns in the lead in the early hours and the Brazilian team André ‘ Cheek ‘ Fonseca is at the forefront. The goal of the MAPFRE take podium. “We go in search of another good result. We are in constant improvement, “said the Olympic athlete. “I think the Doldrums are an important part of the course, are very unstable, with unpredictable winds where a boat can have good wind and others can get tips. Let’s try to get well and have a bit of luck to get through “.
Right off the bat, teams take four hard days of contra-vento in the region of the Philippines. On the way to Auckland, the course includes an exclusion zone in Sanya, to avoid contact with the Chinese army’s military zone. Then they will be required to go through a waypoint in the Solomon Islands.