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Volvo Ocean Race - A hideous bashing and a race to the front

'Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE.'    Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing /Volvo Ocean Race    Click Here to view large photo

Volvo Ocean Race crews endured a hideous night bashing crossing the Agulhas Current and have now reached a road block. There is a windless trough between the two low-pressure systems, which are threatening to, but have not yet evolved into one. It is now a race to get through the light and fluky airs of the trough and reach the new northerly breeze of the second front.

'It’s the key to the whole leg,' says Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker, whose yacht Azzam has been jostling for the lead on and off all day today and is currently in second place. 'It’s about who can get through this trough in the best shape. If we can get to the trough, then we will have good northerlies and we will be fast all the way into the high pressure, the ridge of high pressure known as the Indian Ocean high. If we can’t, then we are going to sit here for days bashing up against it.'

In this leg three years ago three teams including both Team Telefónica boats detached from the fleet and stayed north. History repeats itself now when, once again, there is a substantial split in the fleet and overall race leader Team Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP), is 150 nautical miles in the north.

The team’s navigator, Andrew Cape, made the same move three years ago when navigating PUMA’s il mostro, and today at 1600 UTC, Telefónica became the new leg leader, with an eight-mile lead over Abu Dhabi. The positions remain unchanged at 1900 UTC, although all but Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) have made losses in the last three hours.

Discussing tactics, helmsman Charles Caudrelier said the crew of Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA), were going to heed the old adage, ‘if you don’t know where to go in the Atlantic, you have to go west; and if you don’t know where to go in the Southern Ocean, you have to go south’. 'We got that wrong on the first leg, we will respect it this time,' the Frenchman said. Groupama 4 is the furthest yacht south and clearly taking the adage seriously!

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