Today marked the start of the second week of leg 2 in the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race
This year’s edition of Volvo Ocean Race started on 22nd October 2017 in Alicante, the headquarters and home port of this renowned sailing competition. The first week of the event was a short sprint to Lisbon and was won by Vestas 11th Hour Racing, a team comprised of American and Danish athletes.
The real test for the competitors will be the upcoming second leg, which is a 7000 nautical miles race down south to Cape Atlantic. The sailors will pass through multiple climates during the run and the difficulty for this leg is not just the long distance, but the need for the teams to adapt and adjust to the challenging conditions they will face. Sailing through the likes of the Azores High Pressure Zone, The No-Wind Doldrums and the Westerly Storm Track will push the competitors to their limits and really shape the standings going into the future runs of the race.
All 7 teams are expected to arrive Cape Town at the end of November, with the 3rd leg start on December after a short beak in the South American continent.