SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race
Expecting Tropical Storm
As Bouwe Bekking, skipper of Team Brunel, explains: "It's not the breeze that is the big problem."
"The biggest issue will be the sea state. In 30 knots of breeze, you probably get six or seven-metre waves. With a boat speed of 25 knots downwind, and a sea state coming from the front, you can imagine what will happen if you sail straight into it."
"Something will bust. It's a balance between sailing fast, and keeping the boat in one piece" adds the Dutchman.
The fleet is expecting to reach the storm winds late Friday night to early Saturday morning, soon after sailing between La Reunion and Mauritius islands.