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.
Leg 1 – Alicante to Lisbon and the podium goes to : Vestas 11th Hour. They showed solid speed throughout the Leg and good decision making ensuring they led the gybes early on and believed in the their decisions and it paid off to give them a tidy lead. Ready Libby’s wrap up of Leg 1 here.
Just image…you are sailing Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race, shaking those nerves and niggles… and then a course amendment comes in, extending the route by 12 hours. Our VOR blogger, Libby Greenhalgh, assesses what decisions face the team at the Leg 1 half way point
After the boats have done the inshore lap of sausage triangle for the spectators of Alicante the teams will be locking into offshore mode sailing and boat speed, as they set off in 13-16 KT NE .
Breaking the Leg down in to three parts we can see where there might be potential splits and focal points in the race.
They say the Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the toughest races on the planet so of course it seemed like the obvious choice for a young group of sailors from the British Keelboat Academy.
A look at the upcoming 9 months, the changes in the course, the boats and what the first leg has to offer. Find out who my top pick team is and who I have marked as the dark horse of the race!