• 02-NOV-2014

Roaring 40s, Big Waves and Albatrosses

Breath turns to vapor in the cold air. Hands are soaked in cold seawater, cheeks red from the bitter temperature. The sailors wear fleece hats, balaclavas, neoprene collars on deck. This is the Southern Ocean, the VO65 are in the Roaring Forties.

Here the wind blows stronger. Large breaking waves constantly cover the deck. The air and water temperature is around 10° Celsius. The rig is humming. The noises, the shocks, and the loads – everything is louder, harder, heavier. And that fact alone, the act of sailing in these strong westerly winds, below the 40°S latitude, makes ocean racers happy. Genuinely happy...and wet.


  • Marie Laurens
    Volvo Ocean Race News Distribution Manager