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Volvo Ocean Race: Vestas and Scallywag make good progress

by Compiled by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz 15 Apr 19:23 PDT 16 April 2018
Leg 7 from Auckland to Itajai, day 21 on board Vestas 11th Hour. 06 April, . Mast Accident - Falkland Islands © Jeremie Lecaudey / Volvo Ocean Race

Vestas 11th Hour Racing's delivery crew continues to make progress up the coastline of South America.

The wind has finally come around for some welcomed downwind sailing for the rest of the foreseen journey. Current ETA is early next week, which would give the Shore Team enough time to service the boat and get it back on the water during the Itajaí stopover.

Some have been asking who’s on board on this trip. Here are a few more details on their five committed and experienced crew members:

Damian Foxall - Ireland - Team sustainability manager and alternate race crew who raced onboard on winning first leg

Diego Torrado Gonzalez - Spain - Head of our shore team and an RYA Offshore Yachtmaster

Andres Guerra Font - USA - One of our Oakcliff Sailing shore team members who also holds his Yachtmaster

Spencer Loxton - New Zealand - Worked and sailed with the team in pre-race training last summer as both shore and sailing crew

Diego Stefani Turell - Uruguay - Professional yachtsman with local knowledge of the South American coastline

Less than 12 hours ago the Scallywags reported they were ticking off the milestones:

- Passed the Strait of Magellan!

- See ya later, Falkland Islands!

Passing the dreaded 50º longitude and far east from the Argentinian coast, and with around 750nm to go, the Scallywag D-Team are making their way northwards to Itajai!

Continue on with the safe journeys, and keep on pushing Scallys!

More update will follow when available.

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