The first 48 hours of the fifth stage of the Volvo Ocean Race, between New Zealand and Brazil, have been quite hectic. The six boats caught right off the bat, winds of up to 30 knots and waves ranging from 5 to 8 meters. The beating of hooves against waves disrupted the lives of athletes on board: few were able to sleep and eat. The images sent by the teams show the reality faced in Oceania, which still has remnants of Cyclone Pam, one of the most devastating in history.
In the first update of this Thursday afternoon (19), the Dutch Team Brunel was first, followed by Team Alvimedica and Abu Dhabi. The Spanish MAPFRE was fourth, with little advantage over Dongfeng and Team SCA. And they sailed on to the destination.
“Strong winds and giant waves are still beating, one after the other. Our Gladiators are losing all gastric juice, “said Dutch Captain Bouwe Bekking.
The situation requires 100 percent concentration of athletes, they feel like they’re at a Rodeo bull or a roller coaster. “We are, in fact, sick and exhausted. The State of the sea is really confusing and it makes it hard to do anything, “said Amory Ross, reporter aboard the Alvimedica.
The boats are expected in Administration on April 7, but the date could change depending on wind strength and dexterity of the crew. The six teams are ahead of the event’s longest leg-6,776 nautical miles or 12,550 kilometers-and difficulties as the cold of the South seas, big waves and the dreaded Cape Horn.