Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 3

A very windy start last Sunday apparently.

It is worth watching some of the videos if you like sailing.

Below an extract of the volvooceanrace.com blog from early this morning.

“Six of the seven Volvo Ocean Race boats remain in the Roaring Forties this morning, south of 40-degrees latitude, in the area where strong low pressure systems circle the planet bringing stong winds and mountainous waves.

But that’s not the experience they’re seeing at the moment. The wind is around 10 knots. Boat speeds are in the same area. It’s been a relatively benign 24 hours. But that will all change soon.

“We are getting our first little bit of Southern Ocean taste, the water temperature starts dropping, the gloves and hoodies are out,” said Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking. “The breeze has been very up and down yesterday, sometimes gaining, but last night had a big loss. Could see clearly the lights of Mapfre and Akzo, but then the breeze dropped to 6 knots out of nothing… (But) tonight the breeze will build quickly as a low pressure esystem is approaching, it will be the first wild ride.”

The forecast is for winds in the 35 knot range, with gusts much stronger. Seas of over 6-metres are expected. 

“The wind is building and slightly more headed than the forecast which creates some questions. It’s just a question of how much it lifts. It affects our sail choice and how low we sail. Right now we’re sort of hedging on the side of caution,” said Vestas 11th Hour Racing navigator Simon Fisher. “Feels like we’re manning battle stations and preparing for war.”

The entire fleet has now gybed to the north, with Dongfeng Race Team still holding a narrow lead over MAPFRE.”

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