Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet turns South!

From Sanya to Auckland is a South-East direction. Strange that over last 8 days the Boats followed a East or more ENE course looking they want to sail to the West Coast of America than to the Southern latitudes of New-Zealand. 

It is all because of their chosen strategies, to go as far East as required to have the benefit of beam sailing in the Tradewinds and as such make a faster route. 
It looks like the boats are now turning the bow to the SE or SSE as a sign that they expect the race in Tradewinds will start from here. 

Groupama is the leader at the moment, with Camper (the long time leader) now in 2nd place. Puma sailed the most northerly course, gained already a lot back,  but still has to gain more from the others to bring them the victory. 

The  virtual players VORG has had some rought seas for some days with server breakdown of about a day and  a common restarting point in the middle of a wind hole. However , those boats are now sailing as well but many try a route closer along the Phillipine coast. Wonder how long it will take till the real boats will blast passed them :)

For the progress of different boats and categories, you may have a look at my maps under the TAB Progress Map above. 

In another virtual sailing site, LiveSkipper, a group of sailors is organizing a kind of mirror to the VOR and have a lot of fun with un-interrupted sailings from the original Sanya start onward. 

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