The start of the fifth stage of the Volvo Ocean Race, between Auckland, New Zealand, and Itajaí, Brazil, is confirmed for next Tuesday (17), at 6:00 pm (GMT). The match will be three days late because of Cyclone Pam, who entered with force in the South Pacific Ocean.
After a meeting with the six captains of the boats and to analyze weather data, the organization concluded that it was time to go to avoid damage to the crew and materials. “The cyclone Pam is under New Zealand. Most outgoing routes this step fall in the center of the phenomenon. We found a loophole, but the teams must catch up to 40 knots and waves, “said the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, Knut Frostad. Cyclone Pam made damage in Vanuatu, a small island in Oceania.
The teams now in the strategy for the first day of the race, which will have a total of 6,776 nautical miles or 12,550 kilometers. “It wasn’t an easy decision for the Volvo Ocean Race, really. The cyclone’s passing and is very powerful, “said Iker Martínez, Commandant of the MAPFRE. “If you go early you can find a great deal of confusion with these strong winds, which end up being complicated to navigate. If it’s too then you can not catch wind “.
The output will be broadcast live by the official website of the Volvo Ocean Race, just like theYoutube channel and the application, available for Android and IOS. The video presentation of the fifth step can be watched here.