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    Warming Up For Leg 2





    Some sweet images from Cape Town as teams participated in the practice race yesterday.

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    Credits: Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race, Francisco Vignale,
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    Charlie Shoemaker/Volvo Ocean Race.




    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 15 - Ian Walker (GBR) and his Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew became the confirmed kings of Cape Town on Saturday, clinching the in-port race less than a week after arriving here as Leg 1 winners.

    The victory, by just over a minute, leaves them on top of the In-port Race Series too, and bursting with confidence for Leg 2 which starts on Wednesday (November 19).

    Only in the sprint to the finish line from the final mark on the eight-mile course on Saturday, did Walker's men look under threat with Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) and Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) breathing down their necks.

    The fleet was split from the start in challenging conditions in Table Bay, under the famous Table Mountain, with winds jumping dramatically between 12 and 20 knots and rain clouds threatening throughout.

    Walker's team from the Emirates have already shown that they can make the right decisions under the toughest of pressure, by edging out Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) by just 12 minutes in a thrilling Leg 1 climax last week after 25 days of sailing from Alicante to Cape Town.



    Gilles Martin-Raget/Team Alvimedica


    Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

    After some 20 minutes of racing on Saturday, they looked to have victory in the bag, especially after one of their rivals for the in-port series prize, Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA), suffered a tear in their headsail.

    The battle for second place soon grabbed the attention of most with Team SCA and Team Brunel in a thrilling showdown after the Dutch found a burst of pressure midway round.

    Bekking had earlier told a press conference that the in-port series was not a big priority for him.

    But he and his crew were plainly giving it 100 percent as they scrambled with Team SCA for the second rung of the podium.

    A problem with a gennaker failing to unfurl cleanly finally scuppered the efforts of the women's crew to keep Bekking and co at bay and Team Brunel made one final effort to catch Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

    Once again, Walker was ready for the challenge and by the finish line had a winning margin of a couple of hundred metres from Team Brunel with Team SCA in third.



    Gilles Martin-Raget/Team Alvimedica

    Results Cape town In-Port Race:
    1. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - 15:06:57 -1pt
    2. Team Brunel (NED) 15:08:00 - 2pts
    3. Team SCA (SWE) 15:09:04 - 3pts
    4. Dongfeng Race Team (CHN) 15:09:22 - 4pts
    5. Team Vestas Wind (DEN) 15:11:25 - 5pts
    6. Team Alvimedica (USA/TUR) 15:16:14 - 6pts
    7. MAPFRE (ESP) 15:18:32 - 7pts
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    © 2014 Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

    Table Mountain is the background for sailing. The race pictures made me look and read for more than a moment.

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    Wickedly Wild Start For Leg 2



    Big winds with 20 knot plus sustained and larger gusts mixed with massive, fleet swallowing holes to make the start of leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race an intense and exciting beginning as you will likely encounter!






    Ian Roman/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.









    all photos by Ainhoa Sanchez, Charlie Shoemaker /Volvo Ocean Race except where noted

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    Gilles just uploaded a sweet selection...



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    Awesome stuff. Any cyclones awaiting on the visible horizon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dumass Head View Post
    Awesome stuff. Any cyclones awaiting on the visible horizon?
    Not sure, the virtual charts has the slowskis... here be the official reportee:

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 19 – Skippers of the seven boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, which set out for the 6,125 nautical mile (nm) Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, left with warnings of possible cyclone activity and tropical storms ringing in their ears.

    Race organisers took late measures to keep the 66 sailors away from the very worst of the weather on the Indian Ocean with a new exclusion zone leading to the Seychelles.

    There were already zones in place to avoid icebergs in the Southern Ocean and the more unlikely menace of pirate attack further down the route on the east coast of the Indian Ocean.

    The latter zone was being kept secret from the public to avoid the possibility of the fleet being intercepted.

    From the very start on Wednesday (1800 local/1600 UTC), the sailors were given a taste of things to come with gusts of up to 35 knots kicking up a procession of white-capped waves.

    It was a question of 'don't break your boat' as most opted for conservative sail choices, while they wrestled to keep them under control and intact.

    For the second leg start in a row, Team Brunel led the fleet out of port after wrestling the lead, first from MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP), and then Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) who were well in the hunt.

    The fleet will continue to sail in these gale-force conditions, which Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright (USA) described before the start as ‘heinous’.

    “I think we’re all going to have to be pretty conservative,” he told the skippers’ press conference, just over 24 hours earlier. “This could be the worst sea state these boats have ever seen.”

    Favourites for the leg are Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR), who have barely made a false move since setting out from Alicante on October 11.

    They followed their 12-minute win over Dongfeng Race Team in Leg 1 on November 5, by securing victory on Saturday in the Cape Town in-port race.

    When asked if there were such a thing as ‘home advantage’ in sailing, Walker, 44, was determined to keep his crew's feet on the ground - as well as his own.

    “First we have to get there,” he smiled. “I’ll be happy just to get within range and then arrive in Abu Dhabi. There’s a fantastic welcome for everybody in store once we get there, that’s for sure.”

    Team Vestas Wind surprised onlookers when a choir on board their support boat burst into song just prior to the start. Their message was loud and clear: 'There's an even more important race we must win - to save the environment'.

    Leg 2 is expected to take between 22 to 28 days to complete, depending on conditions. The boats will remain in Abu Dhabi over Christmas and the New Year before setting sail again on January 3 for Sanya, China.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dumass Head View Post
    Awesome stuff. Any cyclones awaiting on the visible horizon?
    http://www.meteoearth.com/ is a pretty cool application for watching the weather!

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    Team Alvimedica have had a flying start in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.
    As the boat slowly crept from under the shadow of Table Mountain the wind changed drastically and Team Alvimedica were sailing at 40 knots!
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