Volvo fleet sail to Melbourne

2017-12-12 06:00

Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng race team and the Spanish Mapfre squad were neck and neck leading the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Cape Town and towards the southernmost point of the African continent on Sunday.

It was the eleventh time in the history of the event that the fleet had raced out of Cape Town, this time for 6500 nautical miles to Melbourne in the third leg of this year’s race.

The estimated time of arrival is currently between 24 and 26 December.

Conditions were ideal on Sunday, with the famed Cape Doctor blowing at 20-25 knots.

There was some drama for the Dongfeng team who had to make a late crew change just before leaving the dock.

The fleet raced around a short triangle course in front of the city, before being freed to sprint off towards Australia.

The forecast is for very strong winds, which should then ease for a brief respite, before strengthening again for the first of the Southern Ocean weather systems that will pick them up and carry them to Melbourne.

“It is the worst sailing you can do but it’s also the absolute best,” says Stu Bannatyne, a three-time race winner on board Dongfeng, in reply to a question about the Southern Ocean. “Fortunately it seems the human mind forgets the bad times and only remembers the good, which is why we keep coming back.”

His sentiment is sure to be shared among the 63 sailors (and seven on-board reporters) over the coming days.

V Full coverage of the race is available online at www.volvooceanrace.com.

Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team and the Spanish MAPFRE squad were neck and neck leading the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Cape Town and towards the southernmost point of the African continent on Sunday.

It was the eleventh time in the history of the event that the fleet had raced out of Cape Town, this time on a 6500 nautical mile leg to Melbourne. The estimated time of arrival is currently between Sunday 24 and Tuesday 26 December. The fleet raced around a short triangle course in front of the city, before being freed to sprint off towards Australia.

There was some drama for the Dongfeng team who had to make a late crew change just before leaving the dock.

The forecast is for very strong winds, which should then ease for a brief respite, before strengthening again as the first of the Southern Ocean weather systems that will pick them up and carry them to Melbourne comes calling.

“It is the worst sailing you can do but it’s also the absolute best,” says Stu Bannatyne, a three-time race winner on board Dongfeng, in reply to a question about the Southern Ocean. “Fortunately it seems the human mind forgets the bad times and only remembers the good, which is why we keep coming back.”

Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team and the Spanish MAPFRE squad were neck and neck leading the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Cape Town and towards the southernmost point of the African continent on Sunday.

It was the eleventh time in the history of the event that the fleet had raced out of Cape Town, this time on a 6500 nautical mile leg to Melbourne. The estimated time of arrival is currently between Sunday 24 and Tuesday 26 December. The fleet raced around a short triangle course in front of the city, before being freed to sprint off towards Australia.

There was some drama for the Dongfeng team who had to make a late crew change just before leaving the dock.

The forecast is for very strong winds, which should then ease for a brief respite, before strengthening again as the first of the Southern Ocean weather systems that will pick them up and carry them to Melbourne comes calling.

“It is the worst sailing you can do but it’s also the absolute best,” says Stu Bannatyne, a three-time race winner on board Dongfeng, in reply to a question about the Southern Ocean. “Fortunately it seems the human mind forgets the bad times and only remembers the good, which is why we keep coming back.”

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