Please select your home edition
Edition
Gul 2018 CodeZero Evo 728x90

Speeds up for downwind flyers in Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1

by Volvo Ocean Race 26 Oct 2017 15:58 BST 25 October 2017

Speeds are up as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet left the island of Porto Santo to starboard early this morning and turned north, aiming towards the final mark of the course before the finishing line off Lisbon, Portugal.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing, having survived a scare when a ballast tank hose failed, dumping 800 litres of water in the bilge, was first around and is now charging towards the new 'virtual mark' set yesterday, dubbed Porto Santo North.

Watch the video from Vestas 11th Hour Racing here

It's nearly directly downwind, meaning the teams will be gybing towards the mark, but this part of Leg 1 is largely setting up as a speed contest.

MAPFRE isn't making it easy on the leader. With a different sail configuration, the Spanish team has been able to match speed with the Vestas boat, while sailing a slightly more favourable direction towards the mark, making a gain of nearly 4-miles between the 07:00 and 13:00 UTC position reports.

"Conditions are pretty nice," said Rob Geenhalgh on MAPFRE. "20 knots of wind, and making about 20 knots of boatspeed, but everyone has good speeds and good wind now... This run down to the waypoint is a bit of a boatspeed charge. We've stayed out to the east a bit, hoping we can cut that deficit down to less than 10 miles by the waypoint."

The AkzoNobel boat continues to hold third place, relatively safe compared to the chasing pack but as yet unable to make inroads on the pair in front.

Positions in the chasing pack remain in flux. Less than 10 miles separate fourth from seventh place. Every mile gained is hard-earned. Any lapse is punished.

"The subtleties of racing these boats is something we're still working on," said Steve Hayles, the navigator on Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. "At times we're quick, but at other times, our pace is lacking.

"But an opportunity to race hard against teams like Brunel and Dongfeng, second-generation teams who have done this race before, is an awesome opportunity to learn."

Leg 1 Position Report at 13:00 UTC:

1. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (572.0 nautical miles to finish)
2. MAPFRE + 12.2nm
3. team AkzoNobel +13.3nm
4. Dongfeng Race Team +22.9nm
5. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag +29.7nm
6. Team Brunel +32.7nm
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic +33.0nm

www.volvooceanrace.com

Related Articles

Volvo OR: Another podium for AkzoNobel
Team AkzoNobel has finished second on the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to claim fourth place Team AkzoNobel has finished second on the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race around the world to claim fourth place in the overall standings, after Leg 11 from Gothenburg, Sweden came to a thrilling conclusion in front of huge crowds on the beachfront Posted today at 4:14 am
The closest finish in race history
As Dongfeng Race Team win the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Skipper Charles Caudrelier led his team to victory on the final leg of the race, a 970-mile sprint from Gothenburg, Sweden to The Hague. Incredibly, it marked the first leg win for the team - it couldn't have come at a better time. Posted on 24 Jun
Dongfeng Race Team wins the Volvo Ocean Race
In the closest finish in race history In the closest finish in race history, Dongfeng Race Team has won the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. Skipper Charles Caudrelier led his team to victory in the final leg of the race, a 970-mile sprint from Gothenburg, Sweden to The Hague. Posted on 24 Jun
Volvo OR: Will the inside or outside pay off?
The options have been played. The goal now is to sail as fast as possible to the finish. The options have been played. The goal now is to sail as fast as possible to the finish. Nine months of racing will be decided over the next nine hours. Posted on 24 Jun
Volvo Ocean Race going down to the wire
Set to be decided in the last 20 miles of Leg 11 A late call from MAPFRE has seen them slip behind Team Brunel in the rankings on the final night of Leg 11 – and the 2017-18 edition. Posted on 24 Jun
Volvo OR: Blasting across the North Sea
Spectacular images from the North Sea as the seven Volvo Ocean Race entries power reach Spectacular images from the North Sea as the seven Volvo Ocean Race entries power reach across the North Sea in the closing stanzas of the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race. Posted on 24 Jun
Volvo fleet splits - Chinese go inshore
Weather routing predicts a very close finish between MAPFRE and Team Brunel The Volvo Ocean Race leaders have now split into two groups - with Dongfeng taking the coastal route inshore of the Exclusion Zone off the The Hague. The other two, MAPFRE and Team Brunel have taken the more direct route - with a hook at the end. Posted on 24 Jun
VOR: Six miles separate top five after windshift
Volvo OR fleet now racing south to the finish in The Hague and the tactical options are opening up With the Norway turning mark in the rear-view mirror the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now racing south to the finish in The Hague and the tactical options are opening up. Posted on 23 Jun
Volvo OR: Dutch yachts split with fleet leaders
At 1100UTC the first real strategic split of the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race occurred At 1100UTC The first real strategic split of the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, with two boats, Team Brunel and Team AkzoNobel passing inside of an Exclusion Zone, leaving the three lead boats to pass on the eastern side. Posted on 23 Jun
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 11 Day 2
Dongfeng holds a narrow lead over MAPFRE after one day of racing in the final leg Rivals Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE were locked in a bitter tussle for the Leg 11 lead – and overall Volvo Ocean Race victory – on Friday as they led the fleet towards the Danish city of Aarhus. Posted on 22 Jun