CAPE HORN, Chile
SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race
Relief and hommage for SCA at Cape Horn, Azzam goes storming on
- Hommage to Magnus Olsson and a magical albatros spotting
- Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing goes storming on
CAPE HORN, Chile, April 1 - At 1142 UTC, Team SCA rounded the infamous Cape Horn in big seas and blustery conditions. We caught up with skipper Sam Davies straight after the event to get her first reaction - she talks of pure relief, paying respects and making progress...
"It's a big relief to get round Cape Horn which seemed to have been getting further and further away from us over the last week.
It's been pretty tough with the breakages and electronic problems, so it's a moment we've looked forward to. We've just put a wreath in the water at Cape Horn in memory of Magnus Olsson, our coach. We've waved goodbye to him, we hope he's watching and proud."
Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) continued to power towards Itajaí at the head of the fleet on Wednesday with the possibility of extending their overall Volvo Ocean Race lead tantalisingly within their reach.
Walker said pre-race that consistent podium finishes could well be enough to win the event given the potential for major problems all the boats face. That strategy looked better than ever early on Wednesday after the news late the night before that his closest rivals, Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA), were being forced to abandon Leg 5 after suffering a broken mast (official retirement time - 1730 UTC, Wednesday, April 1).
There is still a long way to go until Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are safely in port in south-eastern Brazil, but the eight points that the Chinese boat will receive for not finishing the 6,776-nautical mile stage is a major set back to their title hopes. Victory in Itajaí would open up a seven-point lead for the Emirati crew over Dongfeng Race Team.
RANKING AT 1540 UTC
1. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Distance to Itajai 1145.3nm
2. Team Alvimedica - 8.6nm to the leader
3. MAPFRE - 28.4nm to the leader
4. Team Brunel - 45.7nm to the leader
5. Team SCA - 720.2nm to the leader
6. Dongfeng Race Team - RETIRED FROM LEG 5
7. Team Vestas Wind - DID NOT START