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“Good teamwork. We lost a few miles but we’ve gained in confidence” Martin Stromberg
The distance of a Fastnet Race to go, but the Volvo Ocean Race fleet will probably cover it in under 2 days as they surf their way east, pushing along by a classic Southern Ocean swell and an ever increasing following wind. A ‘classic’ Cape Horn seems on the menu for the determined men of Dongfeng, only 3 of which have passed the mythical rock before.
More of the same for 24 hours as the wind continues to increase (speeds are already solid averages of over 20 knots - faster than most people sail in their entire lives!), colder and colder, and then the final leg in to Cape Horn where 40 to 50 knots of wind is expected. Classic Southern Ocean.
Wolf had a great link up with with Wei Jun, skipper of a Xiamen based boat that Wolf had hoped to join for their Cape Horn passage in 2011
'Speeds touching 26 to 28 knots, a reasonably organised sea, and a closely fought regatta, gybing duels with amongst others Mapfre and Alvimedica. It is full speed, but for now still what you’d call reasonable!' - Yann
Surreal day for our skipper, Charles Caudrelier, as the Volvo fleet battle in gybing duels.
We received this blog at 0638 UTC when we were still in 1st position. However the most recent position report shows we have made a sharp gybe north where the rest of the fleet have continued straight. Question is: Has Pascal spotted something the rest of the fleet haven't? Or was it the curse of being first that allowed the rest of the fleet to learn from our mistake? Only time will tell.
Where the Southern Ocean is concerned Damian Foxall has been there, done that and come back for more. He is a veteran of the race, a tough man and knows how to keep a cool head which has proven important this leg for us. Today he sent us a blog through with enough detail to make you feel like you're an extra crew member onboard, from the comfort of your living room of course!
Today, in OC Sport’s office the Dongfeng Race Team shore team received the latest position report. Dongfeng, who most likely through determination, smart navigation and no doubt a little luck, have managed to gain 24 miles in 3 hours.
We call it Point Nemo. A place on Earth (in the Southern Ocean to be precise), where the nearest point of human contact is a satellite space station 300 miles above your head. Who let’s face it, wouldn’t be much use if something were to go wrong.