Volvo Ocean Race – Morning Report Thursday 12 Feb
The move to the north by Team SCA and Team Brunel looks to be paying as the rest of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet scramble to escape the confused light zone to the south east of them. Abu Dhabi, who were leading the southern fleet, are sailing at 9 to 12 knots, while 115 nm away, SCA and Brunel are in 27+ knots and blasting along with breeze from 018 deg.
At the 06:40 check Abu Dhabi and the rest of the fleet had taken a hitch north, but then tacked to parallel SCA and Brunel still further to the north.
Although locked together in a 10 nm pack, they are very much separated from the northern teams, who’re gaining around 30 nm every 3 hours.
In terms of the weather, it’s quite similar to the Saint Helena high-pressure system just off the tip of South Africa – they have to go a long way around it to get to where they want to go. SCA and Brunel have opted to just get on with it while the others wanted to play it safe.
Check back for updates as this unwinds . . .
Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 4 – Updated Positions at 06:40 hrs Thursday 12 February 2015
1. MAPFRE – Distance to Finish 4667 nm
2. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing – DTL 0.6 nm
3. Dongfeng Race Team – DTL 3.6 nm
4. Team Alvimedica DTL 4.8 nm
5. Team Brunel – DTL 33 nm
6. Team SCA – DTL 34 nm