Volvo Ocean Race: Final Approach to Doldrums
Published on November 11th, 2017
(November 11, 2017; Leg 2, Day 7) – With the fleet of the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race approaching the latitudes of the Doldrums, speeds are expected to drop and indeed the leading boat, Dongfeng, was down to 12 knots of speed on the 13:00 UTC position report.
Boats just 10 miles further back were making closer to 20 knots. So compression in the fleet is expected. But it may not be as severe as it often is. This Doldrums crossing is forecast to be relatively quick. Good news for the leading pack with the boats grouped so close together.
“There is still so much to go in this leg. We are 10 miles behind Dongfeng and we have Vestas and AkzoNobel right behind us… it’s nothing,” said MAPFRE skipper Xabi Fernández. “We would like to keep the distance close. Everyone is happy and we know we have a hard fight with these guys.”
“We are in a tough part of the race, I think. It’s been just about speed for about three days,” said Dongfeng skipper Charles Caudrelier. “Life is not easy on board. It’s very wet and warm and it’s going to be like this for a few days.”
But the weather is providing some relief. The strong rain showers are not just an opportunity to cool off, but also to get a fresh water shower. A luxury that doesn’t happen very frequently on a 20-plus day leg.
Leg 2 – Position Report (13:00 UTC)
1. Dongfeng Race Team (CHN), Charles Caudrelier (FRA) 4093.7 nm DTF
2. MAPFRE (ESP), Xabi Fernández (ESP) 9.8 nm DTL
3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (DEN/USA), Charlie Enright (USA), 11.9 nm DTL
4. Team AkzoNobel (NED), Simeon Tienpont (NED) 25.0 nm DTL
5. Team Brunel (NED), Bouwe Bekking (NED) 30.2 nm DTL
6. Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (HKG), David Witt (AUS) 88.7 nm DTL
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic (POR), Dee Caffari (GBR) 115.2 nm DTL
DTF – Distance to Finish; DTL – Distance to Leader
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The second leg of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race started November 5 and is expected to take three weeks for the seven teams to complete the 7000 nm course from Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Town, South Africa.
2017-18 Edition: Entered Teams – Skippers
• Team AkzoNobel (NED), Simeon Tienpont (NED)
• Dongfeng Race Team (CHN), Charles Caudrelier (FRA)
• MAPFRE (ESP), Xabi Fernández (ESP)
• Vestas 11th Hour Racing (DEN/USA), Charlie Enright (USA)
• Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (HKG), David Witt (AUS)
• Turn the Tide on Plastic (POR), Dee Caffari (GBR)
• Team Brunel (NED), Bouwe Bekking (NED)
Background: Racing the one design Volvo Ocean 65, the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race begins in Alicante, Spain on October 22 2017 with the final finish in The Hague, Netherlands on June 30 2018. In total, the 11-leg race will visit 12 cities in six continents: Alicante, Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff, Gothenburg, and The Hague. A maximum of eight teams will compete.
Source: Scuttlebutt, Volvo Ocean Race