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Published: Thursday, 20 November 2014

Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race started with a crack as onboard reporter for Dongfeng Race Team, Yann Riou reported winds of over 40 knots before the boats even left Cape Town. Just 30 minutes after the start, the sailors began to experience the potentially boat-wrecking, unstable winds that roll off Table Mountain and give the area its infamous reputation.

A Nerve Racking Start To Leg 2 Of The Volvo Ocean Race

(Photo: Yann Riou / Dongfeng Race Team)

As the sun set, the fleet were in for a tricky couple of hours to make it around the Cape of Good Hope. After dark, the wind shifts and gusts funnelling down from the peak of the famous Cape become even more problematic. The crews will be looking forward to getting away from the effects of land and making their way east to the Indian Ocean, being careful to navigate well the fierce tides of the Agulhas Current.

A Nerve Racking Start To Leg 2 Of The Volvo Ocean Race 1 

(Photo:  Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race)

“My Chinese sailors are not passengers on this boat,” says skipper Charles Caudrelier. “Black [Liu Xue] will be the same because he has a good spirit. My expectations for Leg 2 is for Black to have a good race, people ask me ‘how can you be competitive and train rookies at the same time?’ My answer is that we try to do well because this is how we will teach them. We want to teach them how to have a good result. I hope to inspire, that is my most important job as a skipper.”

A Nerve Racking Start To Leg 2 Of The Volvo Ocean Race 2

(Photo:  Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race)

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