11th Hour rippin’ in The Ocean Race

Published on May 23rd, 2023

(May 23, 2023; Day 3) – It’s been a fast 24 hours in The Ocean Race, with teams making around 500 miles towards the target of the finish line – Aarhus, Denmark in northern Europe.

The conditions are mostly favorable for making miles – reaching conditions in a north wind that is in the 25+ knot range. The limiting factor today is the sea state, with the wind pushing against the Gulf Stream making for a bumpy ride.

“The weather system that cancelled the In Port Race on Saturday has been lurking out here over the open ocean… we find ourselves in the middle of it,” said Charlie Enright on 11th Hour Racing Team, which is leading the charge at the front of the fleet.

“It’s hard to forecast, it’s really volatile and it’s really windy. We’ve had wind in the mid to high 30s at times and experienced a shift of 40-degrees. You can imagine what that does to the sea state in a place that’s already quite treacherous. We’re just trying to ride it out.”

They’re doing more than that. With over 520 miles under the keel in the last 24 hours, 11th Hour Racing Team is 20+ miles ahead of Team Holcim-PRB, who in turn have a similar margin on Team Malizia. The Biotherm boat has dropped 30+ miles further back.

The wind is forecast to shift to the south and the fast progress across the Atlantic should continue.

Leg Five Rankings at 19:00 UTC
1. 11th Hour Racing Team, distance to finish, 2652.4 nm
2. Holcim-PRB, distance to lead, 23.5 nm
3. Team Malizia, distance to lead, 43.7 nm
4. Biotherm, distance to lead, 82.2 nm
Did not start – GUYOT environnement

For the crew lists, click here.

Race detailsRouteTrackerScoreboardContent from the boatsYouTube

Overall Leaderboard (after 4 of 7 legs)
1. Team Holcim-PRB — 19 points
2. 11th Hour Racing Team — 18 points
3. Team Malizia — 18 points
4. Biotherm — 13 points
5. GUYOT environnement – Team Europe — 2 points

IMOCA: Name, Design, Skipper, Launch date
• Guyot Environnement – Team Europe (VPLP Verdier); Benjamin Dutreux (FRA)/Robert Stanjek (GER); September 1, 2015
• 11th Hour Racing Team (Guillaume Verdier); Charlie Enright (USA); August 24, 2021
• Holcim-PRB (Guillaume Verdier); Kevin Escoffier (FRA); May 8, 2022
• Team Malizia (VPLP); Boris Herrmann (GER); July 19, 2022
• Biotherm (Guillaume Verdier); Paul Meilhat (FRA); August 31 2022

The Ocean Race 2022-23 Race Schedule:
Alicante, Spain – Leg 1 (1900 nm) start: January 15, 2023
Cabo Verde – ETA: January 22; Leg 2 (4600 nm) start: January 25
Cape Town, South Africa – ETA: February 9; Leg 3 (12750 nm) start: February 26
Itajaí, Brazil – ETA: April 1; Leg 4 (5500 nm) start: April 23
Newport, RI, USA – ETA: May 10; Leg 5 (3500 nm) start: May 21
Aarhus, Denmark – ETA: May 30; Leg 6 (800 nm) start: June 8
Kiel, Germany (Fly-By) – June 9
The Hague, The Netherlands – ETA: June 11; Leg 7 (2200 nm) start: June 15
Genova, Italy – The Grand Finale – ETA: June 25, 2023; Final In-Port Race: July 1, 2023

The Ocean Race (formerly Volvo Ocean Race and Whitbread Round the World Race) was initially to be raced in two classes of boats: the high-performance, foiling, IMOCA 60 class and the one-design VO65 class which has been used for the last two editions of the race.

However, only the IMOCAs will be racing round the world while the VO65s will race in The Ocean Race VO65 Sprint which competes in Legs 1, 6, and 7 of The Ocean Race course.

Additionally, The Ocean Race also features the In-Port Series with races at seven of the course’s stopover cities around the world which allow local fans to get up close and personal to the teams as they battle it out around a short inshore course.

Although in-port races do not count towards a team’s overall points score, they do play an important part in the overall rankings as the In-Port Race Series standings are used to break any points ties that occur during the race around the world.

Held every three or four years since 1973, the 14th edition of The Ocean Race was originally planned for 2021-22 but was postponed one year due to the pandemic, with the first leg starting on January 15, 2023.

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