• 23-MAR-2015

Weekly Highlights Nº18

After a 3-day delay due to Cyclone Pam the Volvo Ocean Race fleet left Auckland in light conditions ahead of the most iconic Leg of the race. At nine AM New Zealand time on Wednesday, the teams were ready to leave and Leg 5 began.

Leg 5 is not only the longest leg in the race; it's the one all the crews want to complete. The Southern Ocean and Cape Horn are two milestones that all sailors dream of achieving.

After 48hrs at sea, in fairly comfortable sailing conditions, the VO65 caught up with the winds of ex-cyclone Pam at East Cape.

After leaving New Zealand waters tough seas and rough conditions. 6-meters waves which brought bouts of seasickness...but also of few breakages on-board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team SCA.

As the fleet heads East, the teams released free-floating buoys, known as drifters, as part of an environmental project to provide vital data from the Southern Ocean, a region oceanographers don√t get to visit regularly, but one that is critically important to observe.

A split in the fleet with ADOR, ALVIMEDICA and BRUNEL leading the pack to the north and Dongfeng, MAPFRE and Team SCA taking a more Southern route option.

For the overall runner-up, Dongfeng, the Leg start has so far proven to be tricky


  • Marie Laurens
    Volvo Ocean Race News Distribution Manager