Category Archives: Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race: A new adversary

By | December 20, 2017

A little over 2,000 miles now stand between the Volvo Ocean Race pace setters and the Leg 3 finish line in Melbourne with Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE, continuing to take turns in the lead. The game has been to hug the Antarctic Ice Exclusion Zone (AIEZ) to remain in the stronger winds to the… Read More »

Volvo Race – Ice limit resets the clock

By | December 19, 2017

Fourth-placed Team Brunel were dealt a cruel blow with key crewmember Annie Lush suffering an injury to her back. Lush and teammate Peter Burling were grinding on the aft pedestal as Team Brunel prepared to gybe close to the Antarctic Ice Exclusion Zone when a huge wave swept them into the guard rail at the… Read More »

Duel in the Southern Ocean

By | December 18, 2017

Halfway through Leg 3 Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE were separated by less than 5 miles on the 0700 UTC position report, having swapped the lead back and forth and back again overnight. It’s incredibly close racing, playing out in some of the most remote waters on the planet. “It’s been a tough 12, 24,… Read More »

Team Brunel passes Amsterdam

By | December 18, 2017

Team Brunel passed Amsterdam on Sunday at the beginning of the afternoon. Team Brunel of the Dutch skipper Bouwe Bekking is on its way to Melbourne in Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team is expected to arrive in Australia around Christmas. Île Amsterdam On Sunday afternoon, exactly one week after leaving Capetown,… Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Riders on the Storm

By | December 13, 2017

In the final Leg Review for Leg 2 Mark Chisnell mentioned the old strategic rule: keep going south till it’s blowing 40 knots, then turn left and hang on. How does that stand-up now? The point was that the fastest route for this leg has always been to get south away from the influence of… Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race: Two weeks of terror

By | December 11, 2017

Cape Town, South Africa (December 10, 2017) – 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 today. It was the eleventh time in the history of the event that the… Read More »

Seven ways to survive the Southern Ocean

By | December 5, 2017

On Sunday 10 December, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet departs Cape Town and plunges south, into the mysterious Southern Ocean. With double points up for grabs, it means that Leg 3 could be a game changer in the 2017-18 edition, and makes the risk v reward conundrum in the most remote ocean on the planet… Read More »