Credit: Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3:…
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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.
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.
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