One Last Throw Of The Dice In Leg 2 Of The Volvo Ocean Race
Published: Friday, 12 December 2014
Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race is coming to an exhilarating climax with Team Brunel, Dongfeng Race Team and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing all fighting to be the first home.
The 5,200nm leg has been full of drama from the start in Cape Town Nov 19, when the boats left South Africa in 40kts of wind with a possible cyclone warning issued just before departure.
(Photo: Matt Knighton / Abu Dhabi / Volvo Ocean Race)
The fleet skirted icebergs in the Southern Ocean, dodged a tropical depression and have kept clear of the Indian Ocean exclusion zone, which has protected them from a possible piracy attack.
A collision with a reef 430nm north-east of Mauritius on Nov 29 wiped Team Vestas Wind out of Leg 2 and possibly out of the race.
The other six in the fleet have kept racing hard towards Abu Dhabi, and now the stakes are getting high.
The approximate ETA for the leaders is between 2200 UTC on Friday night and 0600 UTC on Saturday morning.
(Photo: Yann Riou / Dongfeng Race Team / Volvo Ocean Race)
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Adil Khalid, in his second Volvo Ocean Race, can't wait to see his homeland. He has a message for Abu Dhabi youth who want to follow in his footsteps.
“If you’re always dreaming about something, you need to work for it,” says Khalid. “I achieved a lot of things because I had a dream. You’re going to get there one day, never give up.”
(Musicians waiting at Destination Village in Abu Dhabi)