VNR 30 Apr Into the north




30 Apr 2018





Just over a week into Leg 8 from Itajaí, Brazil, to Newport, USA, Charlie Enright’s American crew crossed into the northern hemisphere at 10:39:40 UTC followed closely by Team Brunel and Turn the Tide on Plastic.

MAPFRE, Dongfeng Race Team and team AkzoNobel joined their rivals in the north shortly afterwards leaving just Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag to make the transition at the 1300 UTC position report.

It is the last time the teams will have to cross the Equator in this edition of the race
Spanish crew MAPFRE were slowed temporarily after discovering an electrical problem that left them with no power on board.
The team is now up to full speed having replaced a main battery fuse. But after jury-rigging a solution to move the keel, the team does not have the capability to control the movement from on deck.
00:00 Blair Tuke of MAPFRE at helm
00:07 Drone images of MAPFRE
00:14 IV EN Xabi Fernández (ESP), skipper of MAPFRE, on the electric failure
00:52 Instrument screens with no power
01:01 Xabi Fernández making the electric system work
01:05 Xabi Fernández, Ñeti Cuervas-Mons and Joan Vila working on the electric system
01:10 Joan Vila working on the electric system
01:19 Team managing to create a switch to operate the keel
01:25 Xabi Fernández, Ñeti Cuervas-Mons and Joan Vila working on the electric system
01:31 IV EN Blair Tuke (NZL) on the bad position report and cloud activity
01:53 Bird onboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing
01:58 IV EN Simon Fisher (GBR), navigator of Vestas 11th Hour Racing, on the current situation looking ahead to the Doldrums
02:14 B-roll onboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing with Turn the Tide on Plastic in sight
02:40 Drone shot of Team Brunel
02:49 B-roll onboard Dongfeng Race Team
02:55 B-roll of Turn the Tide on Plastic
03:06 IV EN Liz Wardley (AUS) of Turn the Tide on Plastic on other boats catching up
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