Volvo Ocean Race-cyclones, Piracy, and Many Surprises in the Second Leg of the Race

The seven boats in the Volvo Ocean Raceleave, this Wednesday (19), for the second leg of the around the world. The way of Cape Town, in South Africa, until Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, promises to be very diverse with the cyclone forecast at the beginning of the test and, later, lack of wind in the scorching Arabian Gulf. Will be more than 11000 kilometres and the boats must take up to 30 days to reach the destination.

The good news is that the Organization of the event has no fear of pirate action, activity that scared the authorities already on the East coast of Africa, but it lost strength, according to security experts. Even so, the yachts will have to avoid exclusion zones in the region.

The second leg also marks the attempted recovery of the MAPFRE team, which has the Brazilian André ‘Cheek’ Fonseca, as featured. “It will be a difficult stage, mainly on the first day, with the storms. We’re going out with winds varying between 25 and 30 we try to stay away from the coast rapidly. The first eight days will be very cold and wind. Later, further north, the heat shows up and the wind is a bit more calm, “said the Brazilian. “It will be a long step, maybe you can get a month of crossing”.

André ‘Cheek’ Fonseca wants to help your team, the Spanish MAPFRE, the recover position. The boat is the usher of the Volvo Ocean Race after the seventh position in the first step. “We’re going to go bit by bit. It’s not overnight that everything will be resolved. We’ve got two new crew members and we’re going to learn and improve.”


On paper, Brazil has only Andre ‘Cheek’ Fonseca as crewman in the Volvo Ocean Race. However, we can climb the Dutch Carolijn Brouwer as Brazilian as well. The athlete of the Team, team 100% female SCA, lived more than 10 years in the country. Sailor explains how will be the step.

“It will be a step totally unlike the first and boaters will have many opportunities. The route is still a bit unknown to many. We will fight to the end for a better result,” said Carolijn Brouwer. “In relation to piracy, the Organization of the Volvo Ocean Race did well to put exclusion zones. We had a detailed briefing on the subject. Although decreasing, we don’t want to take any chances.”

The competition is led by Abu Dhabi, winner of the first stage, followed by Dongfeng and Team Brunel.