|The Beach in Itajai, Brazil the Finish of Leg 5.|
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.