VNR ALERT - Clouds bring beauty but more challenges for Volvo Ocean Race fleet
As temperatures rise and strong winds give way to localised storm activity on the approach to the Doldrums, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is picking its way through the cloud systems, attempting to connect the dots, joining the wind pressure cells.
It’s exhausting work for navigators and skippers in terms of decision-making, and for the crew moving the stack of sails on each gybe. At least some if not all of the teams have elected to ‘split the stack’, piling half the weight on each side of the boat, sacrificing righting moment for the ability to quickly gybe on each wind shift.
We've hear from the crews, their impression on these first days into Leg 2.
-- Team: Name NATIONALITY (LANGUAGE) --
team AkzoNobel: Simeon Tienpont NED (EN), Jules Salter BGR (EN), Luke Molloy AUS (EN), Brad Farrand NZL (EN), Chris Nicholson AUS (EN), Nicolai Sehested DEN (DN).
Dongfeng Race Team: Charles Caudrelier (FR), Carolijn Brouwer(NL), Chen Joinhao Horace CHN (CN)
Vestas 11th Hour Racing: Simon Fisher USA (EN), Roberto 'Chuny' Bermúdez de Castro ESP (ES), Jena Mai Hansen DEN (DN), Charlie Enright USA (EN),
MAPFRE: Antoñio Cuervas-Mons ESP (ES), Pablo Arrarte ESP (ES), Sophie Ciszek AUS/USA (EN), Blair Tuke NZL (EN)
Turn the Tide on Plastic: Francesca Clapcich ITA (IT)
Team Brunel: Bouwe Bekking NED (NL), Alberto Bolzan ITA (IT), Maciel Cicchetti ARG (IT)
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