The wind failed in AbuDhabi at the starting time, causing a delayed start. But luckily the wind got just strong enough later to make sailing possible.
|The cruxial tack|
MAPHRE made a victorious start sailing away from the pack to the left. All boats followed on Starboard Tack, till Dongfeng first soon followed by SCA made a tack to the right. For SCA , this was there deciding moment as this brought them so much advantage that there first position after the first leg, was never in danger again. Brunel, tacked not too long after SCA and got a nice 2nd place behind the ladies , which they hold on, without really having to fight for it, till the finish.
A MAPHRE you may ask? Well after their fantastic start, they realised at the first buoys that they lost the race. Though they had a try to pass Alvimedica , that was not even possible and MAPHRE ended up last.
After the In-Port race , TODAY, SATURDAY 3rd January 2015 the Starting shot will allow at 10:00 UTC, the six VO65 Boats to start the LEG 3 from AbuDhabi to Sanya,China.
First the Boats will sail a starting circuit, see image before sailing into the Open Waters of the Gulf. You can follow this race-start live on VOR web or Youtube.
|AbuDhabi Leg 3 start circuit|
The route will sail them , South of Sri Lanka, through the Strait of Malacca , along Singapore and the Vietnamese coast to the Finish.
You can follow the Leg 3 race on the VOR website or you may even try to sail virtually alongside your hero's in a Virtual Sailing Player.