Each update, a surprise. Four boats vying for the leadership of the kilometer km first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, between Alicante, in Spain, and Cape Town, in South Africa. With the approach to the final destination, Abu Dhabi, Team Brunel, Team Vestas Wind and Dongfeng rely on their strategies to cross the finish line first.
So, crews have been working one minute if you want. A small mistake, for example, can cost the leadership of Abu Dhabi that the night before, got his tip that was provisionally with the Dutch Team Brunel. Following appear almost glued Team Vestas Wind and Dongfeng. “The next two days will be vital to the definition of the winner,” said Ian Walker, skipper of Abu Dhabi.
The reporter aboard the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Matt Knighton, said there was no surprise in this exchange of positions. “Already we adapt to this new race strategy. This balance is part of the new model of boat, the Volvo Ocean 65”.
Representative of the Danish boat Team Vestas Wind, Brian Carlin, provides strong emotions in this final stretch. “We have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we can go back to the forefront. And the bad news is that the opponents are right near us. This is a real test for the new project. Stay just three kilometers ahead after 19 days of racing is impressive. The following days will be very exciting.”
Other interesting data: the difference between the Abu Dhabi leader for fourth-placed Dongfeng does not reach 30 kilometers. Fifth, the Team Alvimedica, who still tries to invest at the forefront. Further back are MAPFRE, who had trouble with a water pump, and the SCA Team, sixth and seventh places respectively.
After spending nearly a week by the brazilian coast, the fleet is already starting to migrate to the East side, until the South Africa, doubling the 45°. The question is: who will be the first to see theTable Mountain, Cape Town’s postcard, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the world?