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

 

Sail-World.com : Global Ocean Race fleet begin Leg 2 from Cape Town + Video

Global Ocean Race fleet begin Leg 2 from Cape Town + Video

'GOR Leg 2 start in Table Bay - Global Ocean Race 2011-12'    Global Ocean Race ©
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) double-handed Class40 fleet crossed the start line of leg two from Cape Town to Wellington, New Zealand at 12:00 GMT (14:00 local) on Tuesday.

Ahead of the fleet are approximately 7,000 miles and around one month of racing through the high latitudes of the Indian Ocean with a finish line ETA shortly after Christmas.

At 09:30 local time, the V andA Harbourmaster, Steven Bentley, stood-in as the GOR fleet’s chaplain, reading from Luke Chapter 8 – a verse advising sailors on a sinking ship that faith in yourself is valuable throughout life - before the boats left North Wharf and motored through Alfred Basin and Victoria Basin, exiting the V&A Waterfront Marina for a rendezvous at the committee boat off the city’s breakwater.

With a band of 20 knot breeze in the northern end of Table Bay, the 86ft GOR Committee Boat, Pradera Blue, anchored and the pin end of the line was set for a reaching start. Running the start line on behalf of Royal Cape Yacht Club, Di Hutton-Squire – mother of Phesheya-Racing co-skipper, Phillippa Hutton-Squire – fired the start gun at noon (10:00 GMT) with Conrad Colman and Sam Goodchild on Akilaria RC2 Cessna Citation first across, overtaken quickly by leg one winners, New Zealand father-and-son duo of Ross and Campbell Field crossing the line on port reach close to the bow of the Committee Boat with their Tyker 40, BSL.

Heading immediately offshore, BSL and Cessna Citation – just metres apart – sailed to leeward of the enormous ocean-going tug, Fairmount Glacier, anchored in the middle of the course with Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron on Pogo 40S² Campagne de France sailing to windward of the obstruction, followed by the Italian-Spanish duo of Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon on their Akilaria Financial Crisis, squeezing under the vessel’s blunt bow as the breeze slackened across the race course.



Meanwhile, the South African duo of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire remained inshore with Akilaria Class40, Phesheya-Racing and as the Dutch duo of Nico Budel and his son Frans on Akilaria Sec. Hayai joined the offshore fleet, the South Africans tacked on every shift working along the coast beneath Signal Hill, pulling into the lead. As the offshore option looked unwise, Financial Crisis and Sec. Hayai returned inshore, meeting Phesheya-Racing off Sea Point lighthouse. In the first GOR Race Tracker position poll for leg two at 13:00 GMT, Nannini and Ramon on Financial Crisis hold the lead ahead of Phesheya-Racing in second and Sec. Hayai in third.

Global Ocean Race Ambassador, Dee Caffari, who has circumnavigated the globe four times, single-handed, double-handed and fully-crewed, knows the Indian Ocean well and explains what waits ahead for the teams: 'The route from Cape Town to Wellington will be tough,' she confirms. 'The Indian Ocean will not hold back, the wind strength will increase, the waves will grow and the temperatures will drop. Safety will keep the fleet above certain latitudes to reduce the risk of ice but the overall risk is high.' Caffari also warns of other natural hazards en route. 'There are a number of islands in the Indian Ocean and these all have sharp changes in the seabed,' she explains. 'These changes in depth can really kick up the ocean waves and the teams will need to vigilant. Everything feels a little bit harder down there and getting wet, cold and miserable seems to last a little bit longer.'

Despite spending around one month at sea – including Christmas Day – there are likely to be incredible highpoints to the 7,000 mile voyage: 'It is not all doom and gloom though,' adds Dee. 'As the fleet heads south from Cape Town and rounds the first of the three great capes, the Albatross will welcome them with their huge wingspan. Regardless of the weather, these impressive birds will soar inches from the crashing waves with beautiful elegance and I hope they will inspire the teams and keep their spirits lifted as it is a privilege for all of us that experience the Southern Ocean.'

Psychologically, the Southern Ocean can have a massive impact: 'It will be an interesting second leg,' Caffari believes. 'Confidence is high after leg one and everyone has learnt a little bit more about their boat and themselves,' she explains. 'There are some of the crews that have never experienced the South and they will hold back a little in awe and fear and those that have gone before will radiate confidence,' she predicts. 'The new crew combinations within the fleet will take some time to adjust to each other and get comfortable with the routine of living in close quarters with someone new. It is a heightened emotional place to be which makes it quite tough on relationships, but every sailor in the race wants the same thing; to arrive smiling into Wellington having experienced half the Southern Ocean.'

Global Ocean Race double-handed Class40 crew list for leg two and leg one points:
1. BSL: Ross and Campbell Field (NZL/NZL) 35 points in GOR leg one
2. Campagne de France: Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron (FRA/GBR) 31 points in GOR leg one
3. Financial Crisis: Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon (ITA/ESP) 23 points in GOR leg one
4. Cessna Citation: Conrad Colman and Sam Goodchild (NZ/GBR) 19 points in GOR leg one
5. Phesheya-Racing: Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire (RSA/RSA) 12 points in GOR leg one
6. Sec. Hayai: Nico Budel and Frans Budel (NDL/NDL) 6 points in GOR leg one

Global Ocean Race website




by Oliver Dewar

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=91301

5:31 PM Tue 29 Nov 2011 GMT






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

Click for further information on
2011 -12 Global Ocean Race

Related News Stories:

18 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race - Final prizegiving in Les Sables d’Olonne
11 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai crosses Leg 5 finish
10 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race Class40 Phesheya-Racing cross Leg 5 finish
09 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race final two Class40s head to Leg 5 finish
09 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race - Chasing duo prepare for yet another gale
08 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis takes second overall
07 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race Class40 Cessna Citation cross Leg 5 finish
06 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race leader approaches Leg 5 finish
05 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race leaders count down final miles
04 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race fleet sail through second gale
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Rod Davis - why I left Team NZ *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,














Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,




















America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland




2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
















Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,










Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one   
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia   
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing   
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third   
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer   
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   


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