Libby previews the key decisions the teams will have to make as they head into the real Southern Ocean
Leg 2 finished in under 20 days for the leading bunch: any quicker and Cape Town wouldn’t have been open! The fast start out of Lisbon and a doldrums without much to speak of made for a quick arrival in Cape Town and definitely some happy extra days of rest.
The gybe, the ‘mile loser’ and the final throes of Leg 2: Libby Greenhalgh takes a look at the Volvo Ocean Race fleet’s chances as they gybe towards Cape Town
Nearly a week into Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race and for some it has been a baptism of fire, as they progress to the longest time they have been offshore. For others, they will be settling back into their old offshore way of life.
At the skippers press conference and in general chit chat there has been a lot of questions about will we or won’t we get a big split or the ‘GREAT DIVIDE’ as I am going to call it. With the removal of Fernando de Noronha as a rounding mark, teams can pick where they want to go in the Atlantic and a significant part of this decision is going to be made 24 hours into the race.
With only 7 days to review their leg, to rest for the next leg and for some teams to solve boat speed problems, the race is really on now. Libby takes a look at what the teams will face in Leg 2.