Monday, 19 March 2012

Volvo Ocean Race Sailing again

The Beach in  Itajai, Brazil the Finish of Leg 5. 
This is the destination for the Volvo Ocean Fleet in Leg 5. However before the crews can enjoy a relaxing beach holiday, there is a risky and challenging sailing route to overcome. 

The Fleet started Sunday in Auckland and made a nice start circuit in Auckland harbor. Sanya Lan made a flashing start and was ultimately leading the fleet out of the harbor into the Open waters. 

After some hours of sailing, disaster struck Azzam as a huge wave damaged their bulkhead. Being still close to Auckland, with good repair facilities and a long and dangerous route ahead, the crew decided to  suspend racing, and turn around for the  repair. I just read that the repair is finished, 18march 23GMT and Azzam is going to start sailing again. 

The Virtual sailing in the Volvo Ocean Race Game, has started alongside the real boats.Very interesting as now the virtual sailors can battle it out in the same weather patterns , on the same route with about the same sail polars. Let see who will be the first in Itajai. 

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