Volvo Ocean Race - Lisbon to Capetown Start Heli Footage

by Cam

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.

For the dailiy update that covers this go to the Volvo Ocean Race website directly here

Stay tuned for further videos and news


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