SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race
Weekly highlights n°7 - Leg 2 Start
As crowd, families and friends gathered on the dockside, the sailors said their final goodbyes, and focused on what will be 28 days of hard racing ahead.
After leaving Cape Town the fleet sail around Cape of Good Hope deep into the Southern Ocean. Once they have navigated the tricky Agulhas current, they will then have to choose when to gibe North.
After crossing the Equator, the last milestone is the tricky Gulf of Oman before arriving into Abu Dhabi.
Under the impressive backdrop of Table Mountain the 7 boat fleet charged across the start line. The crowd, well they were treated to a impressive display, but with 35 knots of breeze across the race course the teams had to temper their desire to push too hard - these were boat breaking conditions.
A fine start to the almost 5200 miles of open ocean to Abu Dhabi.
As Team Brunel led the fleet out of Table Bay, all the sailors anticipated a hard night ahead, but the tough weather conditions forecast never materialized.
As night fell, Team Alvimedica took a narrow lead, but for team Vestas Wind the first night of leg two brought with it their first major problem of the race.
The first hazard the fleet had to pass through, the infamous Aguhlas current, one of the strongest in the world and a real challenge to negotiate.
Now, the big question is when to gibe north out of the Southern Ocean. With an intense low-pressure system near Madagascar and nasty upwind conditions, one of the 7 race teams will have to be first to take a gamble…