Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing 728x90 AUS

Volvo Ocean Race – The fleet to deal with the doldrums

by Volvo Ocean Race on 27 Apr 2015
Onboard Team Alvimedica – Dave Swete (L) and Ryan Houston (R) bake under a hot midday sun with nowhere to hide - Leg six to Newport – Volvo Ocean Race 2015 Amory Ross / Team Alvimedica
Volvo Ocean Race – The fleet has slightly converged in the past 12 hours as they approach the corner of the South American continent, where the Brazilian coast sketches a right angle at the end of the most easterly littoral of Brazil.

At Cape Calcanhar, located 40 nm north of the city of Natal, there is a lighthouse of 62 meters height that is the tallest in Brazil.

Dongfeng Race Team will approach this point holding an 8.1 nm lead on MAPFRE, who are just half of mile ahead of Team Brunel. 10 nm behind the lead back is Team SCA, currently the most easterly of the six boats, out of the trail of the pack.

Also, 10 nm off the leading group is Team Alvimedica, only 0.5 nm miles ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

Once the fleet has passed the shoulder of the continent, they will take up their positions to deal with the doldrums. The good news is that at the moment the routing is showing no big drama to deal with the Intertropical Convergence Zone.

The fleet will be crossing the Equator around Tuesday noon.

Leader: DFRT
Wind speed: 14 knots
Boat speed SOG (15 mins): 14.8 knots
Wind direction: 106º - 112º
Lowest boat speed: MAPF (14.8 knots)
Highest boat speed: DFRT (15.7 knots)
Lowest wind speed: SCA (12.4 knots)
Highest wind speed: MAPF (15.2 knots)

Position report at: 27 Apr 03:40 UTC / Updated 3 hourly

DTL

(NM)

GAIN/LOSS

(NM)

DTF

(NM)

Speed

(kt)

DFRT

Dongfeng Race Team

0.0

0.0

3459.6

15.7

MAPF

MAPFRE

8.1

 2.9

3467.7

14.8

TBRU

Team Brunel

8.6

 3.8

3468.2

14.5

SCA1

Team SCA

18.9

 2.7

3478.5

14.9

ALVI

Team Alvimedica

19.4

 3.7

3479.0

15.1

ADOR

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

19.8

 2.5

3479.4

15.3

VEST

Team Vestas Wind

DID NOT START

















GAC Pindar 2018 FooterBandG AUS Zeus3 FOOTERGul 2018 October - Code Zero AUST FOOTER

Related Articles

50th Rolex Middle Sea Race update
The Bowling Alley As predicted, the 50th anniversary Rolex Middle Sea Race exploded into life overnight. The tension created by the strong northerly squeezing through the Strait of Sicily has grown steadily since sunset on Monday.
Posted today at 7:28 pm
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2018
Portuguese photographer Ricardo Pinto announced as winner 109 photographers representing 25 nationalities took part in the 9th edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image photo competition.
Posted today at 2:49 pm
2018 Etchells Worlds Day Two - Oooops!
There was a strong tide running out of Moreton Bay from South to North. After waiting for the continual flicks in the breeze to settle down, and the resultant course axis changes from 025 to 050 degrees, it was also somewhat evident that just the one race was on for the day.
Posted today at 12:09 pm
2018 Etchells World Championship day 2 images
Mitchell Pearson provided this gallery of images Mitchell Pearson provided the gallery of images from day 2 of 2018 Etchells World Championship taking place at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.
Posted today at 11:51 am
Billy Besson & Marie Riou lead France SailGP Team
Marseille event will serve as the league championship Four-time world champion and 2016 Olympian Billy Besson was today announced as the helmsman for the France SailGP Team.
Posted today at 10:25 am
GAC Pindar celebrates GAC Panama Office
The Group opens its own company in the country Superyachts and yachts transiting the Panama Canal can now do so with the assurance of the quality service synonymous with GAC, after the Group opened its own company in the country.
Posted today at 7:00 am
Nic Douglass reports from Etchells Worlds
Murray takes the first gun Day one of the Etchells World Championship in Brisbane got off to a slow start while competitors waited for the breeze to fill from the south-east.
Posted today at 6:28 am
J/Thunder Down Under winning offshore in Australia
J/121 Javelin wins 2018 Winter Series hosted by the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria The latest report from way "Down Under" is full of great news from many happy owners racing their boats on the east coast of Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) and the west coast of Australia (Perth, Freemantle).
Posted today at 4:30 am
Multi70 Maserati and Rambler 88 take line honours
In the 50th Rolex Middle Sea Race Rambler crossed the finish line of the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race at the Royal Malta Yacht Club to take Monohull Line Honours at 02:07:55 CEST on Tuesday 23rd October.
Posted today at 3:50 am
Golden Globe Race day 113: Lepage rescue update
Expected to be evacuated from his dismasted yacht today French solo yachtsman Loïc Lepage is expected to be evacuated from his dismasted yacht Laaland shortly after first light on Tuesday (23:30 UTC Monday). By then both the bulk carrier Shiosai and the sailing yacht Alizes II will have reached
Posted today at 2:09 am