The second leg of the Volvo Ocean Racebegan for real with a lot of emotions for the seven boats that compete in the round-the-world race. After a start with an average of 30 knots, considered strong intensity in ocean sailing, the teams now face with giant waves after passing the Cape of good hope. However, according to the latest reports, the winds are getting weaker as the times away from the coast. The fleet is already in the Indian Ocean after leaving Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday (19).
The boats remain close, with greater predominance in the leadership of the Turkish American Team/Alvimedica. It was so windy that the crewman Dave Swete until played. “That way I will lose the only hat I brought to that leg. A few times I’ve seen a step like this.”
The Spanish MAPFRE left side and conservatism was the attack out of the spotlight. “Of course we want to do well. Our goal is to make a good step and fight for top positions, “said the Spaniard Xabi Fernandez, MAPFRE. He is fellow Brazilian Andre ‘ Cheek ‘ Fonseca in the Iberian boat.
Leaders of the League, the Arabs of Abu Dhabi are more conservative with the conditions presented. We’re managing the situation to exit without breakage. This is how it works, “said the Navigator Simon Fischer.
The start was one of the more ‘radical’ of recent years, with frequent exchanges of positions, winds so strong that made the masts near the water and, in some periods, blackouts. Nothing more exciting for a leg to the Middle East.
The course is less, according to the organization. Of 6,125 nautical miles went to 5,183. Exclusion zones on the African coast to prevent piracy reduced his way to the United Arab Emirates. In addition, there are also other items prohibited with multiple icebergs in the middle. The Volvo Ocean Race has restricted the passage by the Iranian coast.
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