sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Velux 5 Oceans - Less than one week to go

Velux 5 Oceans - Less than one week to go

'VELUX 5 OCEANS - Derek Hatfield'    Ainhoa Sanchez/w-w-i.com

Velux 5 Oceans third leg to Punta del Este starts on Sunday, February 6.

There is less than one week to go until the start of sprint three of the Velux 5 Oceans round the world yacht race. The countdown has begun to the 7,000 nautical mile leg from Wellington, New Zealand, to Punta del Este in Uruguay. In six days the fleet of international ocean racers will blast out of Wellington Harbour on the next stage of their solo adventure around the planet.

Since they finished the gruelling second sprint from Cape Town to Wellington around two weeks, the Velux 5 Oceans skippers have hard at work preparing their Eco 60 ocean racing yachts for their next challenge. Ocean sprint three will see the fleet once again take on the mighty Southern Ocean before rounding Cape Horn, the southerly tip of South America and one of the most notorious bodies of water in the world.

Active House skipper Derek Hatfield said: 'When I arrived in Wellington the boat was actually in quite good shape. However we are halfway round the world now so the boat is starting to feel the wear and tear. It’s all under control though, we’re feeling pretty good.'

Zbigniew ‘Gutek’ Gutkowski, skipper of Operon Racing, added: 'Almost everything on our list of repairs has been done. There are still a few little things left. The sails have come back from the sailmaker and I’m just waiting for an engineer from Raymarine to check my new autopilots and navigation gear. Apart from that Operon Racing is in good shape.'

After the starting gun fires at 2.30pm on Sunday, February 6, the Velux 5 Oceans fleet will dip south into the icy latitudes of the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties, passing Nemo Point, the most remote place on the planet. Their biggest challenge will be Cape Horn, where shallow waters, fierce winds and strong currents combine to create huge and dangerous waves which can end a skipper’s race in an instant.

One who knows that better than most is Derek Hatfield, whose yacht was flipped upside down and dismasted rounding Cape Horn in the 2002/3 edition of the Velux 5 Oceans. 'For me the next leg is the pinnacle of this race,' Derek said. 'Cape Horn can be treacherous and I’m hoping for a good safe passage. Until that happens I won’t be able to breathe easy! Once Cape Horn is under my belt I’ll be a lot happier.'

Ocean sprint three starts from Wellington Harbour at 2.30pm on Sunday, February 6.

Velux 5 Oceans website

AMERICAN solo ocean racer Brad Van Liew - Velux 5 Oceans -  Ainhoa Sanchez/w-w-i.com  




by Velux 5 Oceans

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=79838

11:16 AM Mon 31 Jan 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2010-11 Velux 5 Oceans Race

Related News Stories:

08 Jun 2011  Velux 5 Oceans 2014-15 welcomes SolOceans One Design class
03 Jun 2011  Velux 5 Oceans next edition set for autumn 2014
01 Jun 2011  Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 concludes
30 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 skipper Derek Hatfield takes third place
29 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutek second Overall
28 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans Chris Stanmore-Major second in sprint five
28 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew takes the title
28 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans overall victory to Brad Van Liew
27 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans fleet charges towards La Rochelle finish line
27 May 2011  Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek battling keel problems
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World







































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,




Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1   
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals   
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature   
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.   
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video   
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT