Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race starts 22nd October across 45,000 nautical miles around the world, via four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark host cities including Melbourne. Racing new one design Volvo 65s with more Southern Ocean the racing promises to be tough, spectacular and close. Watch the race highlights via the comfort of the RANSA website.

To read about all the boat details from Farr Yacht Design click here to go to the Volvo Ocean Race web site

The route includes Melbourne as a host city for a New Year stop over so for those fortunate enough o be in Melbourne between 27th December and January 2nd you can get a close look a the boats and the teams.

Leg 1 

From Scuttlebutt Sailing the start and the first few days. The Volvo Ocean Race, now in it’s 13th edition, is back. Starting October 22 in Alicante, Spain, seven teams will race around the world, stopping in 12 cities before finishing June 2018 in The Hague, Holland.

From Volvo Ocean Race some spectacular helicopter shots of fast sailing.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing has won the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race finishing in Portugal after 1650 Nm of racing in 6 days, 2 hours, 8 minutes and 45 seconds. Here is the 230 second video highlights of the leg.

Leg 2

Leg 2 is a 7,000 Nm leg from Lisbon to Capetown is underway. Here is the highlight video of the start in 20kn, even VO65 skippers don't nail every start.

Leg 2 is one of the iconic legs of this offshore classic, as the teams transition from the North Atlantic, through the Doldrums, into the trade winds and may even dip a toe into the Southern Ocean before the finish in Cape Town, which has already been a stopover host 10 times.

Have a look at what a VO65 can do on a broad reach fully powered up, sails stacked on the aft windward rail and wet weather gear fully sealed, hopefully. Spectacular helicopter footage.

Novenber 10 00:17 UTC the bing news is that Turn the Tide on Plastic skipper Dee Caffari has elected to put her team into Stealth Mode, beginning with the 0100 UTC position report. 

About Stealth Mode:

The boats are given position reports only four times per day, at 0100, 0700, 1300 and 1900 (all times UTC). But once per leg, each team has the option to go into ‘Stealth Mode’ whereby its position report is withheld from the rest of the fleet (and us) for three consecutive position reports. This can be used to tactical advantage to make a break for what is perceived as better wind, or to hit a layline, or choose what side to pass an island, etc. The only restriction is that teams are not allowed to go into Stealth Mode when they are within 200 miles of the finish. The approach to the doldrums is a classic opportunity to utilise this tactic.

While MAPFRE won, the race for positions 5,6 & 7th were really tight with only a few minutes separating 3 boats after 7,000 miles of racing.

On the approach to Cape Town, skipper David Witt’s Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag led Dee Caffari’s Turn the Tide on Plastic by two miles. But after sailing into the swirling, shifting winds below Table Mountain, that narrow advantage was whittled away.

By the finish, Caffari had closed to within 0.1 nautical miles – less than 200 metres, but her team just couldn’t find a way to make the pass. Now that is close racing!

With all seven teams now finished, the winner of Leg 2, MAPFRE, is also on top of the overall leaderboard, by just a one-point margin over Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Dongfeng Race Team is a further two points adrift.

The crews will take some well-deserved rest now, before the In-Port Race on 8 December. Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Cape Town to Melbourne, starts on 10 December.


Results of Leg 2

Leg 2
1. MAPFRE -- FINISHED -- 15:10.33 UTC – 19 days, 01h:10m:33s

2. Dongfeng Race Team -- FINISHED -- 18:02.39 UTC – 19 days, 04h:02m:39s

3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing -- FINISHED -- 19:37.53 UTC – 19 days, 05h:37m:53s

4. Team Brunel -- FINISHED -- 00:14.47 UTC – 19 days, 10h:14m:47s

5. team AkzoNobel -- FINISHED -- 21:24.40 UTC – 20 days, 07h:24m:40s
6. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag -- FINISHED -- 21:55.21 UTC – 20 days, 07h:55m:21s
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic -- FINISHED -- 21:56.29 UTC – 20 days, 07h:56m:29s

Volvo Ocean Race – Current Leaderboard

1. MAPFRE -- FINISHED -- 14 points (after Leg 2)

2. Vestas 11th Hour Racing -- FINISHED -- 13 points (after Leg 2)

3. Dongfeng Race Team -- FINISHED -- 11 points (after Leg 2)

4. team AkzoNobel --FINISHED -- 7 points (after Leg 2)

5. Team Brunel -- FINISHED -- 6 points (after Leg 2)

6. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag --FINISHED -- 5 points (after Leg 2)

7. Turn the Tide on Plastic --FINISHED -- 2 points (after Leg 2)

For all the news articles click here go to Volvo Ocean Race page

Leg 3

It was the eleventh time in the history of the event that the fleet had raced out of Cape Town, this time on a 6,500 nautical mile leg to Melbourne, Australia. The ETA is currently between the 24th and 26th of December.

Conditions were ideal, with the famed Cape Doctor wind blowing at 20-25 knots. The fleet raced around a short triangle course in front of the city, before being freed to sprint off towards Australia.

However it is not always going to be smooth sailing with the differing routes starting to reveal the first signs of each of the teams' strategies for dealing with the violent Southern Ocean depression that is forming to the west of them. When it hits, predicted to be on Thursday, it is forecast to bring winds of up to 60 knots, and waves more than 13 metres tall.


Leg 4 week 4 into Hong Kong review summary

The first in port race in Hong Kong 

What an epic battle in front of one of the world's most iconic cities – here's everything you need to know about the HGC In-Port Race Hong Kong in 90 seconds

Second in port race in Hong Kong around HK Island

A tricky race around Hong Kong island is the second part of an In-Port Race double header for the fleet in Hong Kong.

Leg 6 Hong Kong to New Zealand

While the fleet has left Auckland on Leg 7 to Itajaí, Brazil, which is the longest of the race at 7,600 nautical miles. It's also the most valuable; a double-points scoring leg with an additional bonus point available for the first boat to round the iconic Cape Horn. 

Here is a quick 6 minute video summary of all of the action from Leg 6.




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