Tuesday, 16 June 2015

VolvoOceanRace , starts today Tuesday the last Leg 9.

The VolvoOceanRace is starting Today, Tuesday 16th June 2015 it last Leg 9 from Lorient, France to Gothenburg, Sweden;with a pitstop at the coast of The Hague, Netherlands. The starters gun will sound at 1500 UTC.

The 7 Boats will first sail the parcours shown in the image below before selecting the best heading and sail to go fastest to Gotherburg.

Lorient Starters parcours for Leg 9.
The starter parcour sailing will be broadcasted on the Internet, so for each Globe trotter to see. Youtube will have a recorder to see it later.

The Boats will have a pitstop at a location just outside the coast of The Hague. Each boat will stop at the pit lane, the arrival times will be recorded and at Saturday 20th June from 10:00 UTC onwards, the boats will start in sequence of arrival in the pit with a delay that is equal to the difference in arrival time; navigators just take care that wind patterns will be changed in those 24+ hrs. I will see this for the first time and wonder what impact it will have on the standings.

AbuDhabi, has already the points in hand to win, but I understand they have to finish and of course not collect any penalty points. The 2nd--5th placed on the Scoreboard are just 6 points apart, to a fierce battle is expected between Brunel, Dongfeng, Maphre, Alvimedica, as each still has a chance for the 2 and 3rd Podium places.

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