Relief has arrived for the Volvo Ocean Race crews this morning with the wind finally filling in from the NNW, allowing boat speeds to soar from single digits into the early teens.
For the Barcelona World Race leaders the descent south towards the Canary Islands and the lifeblood Trade Winds has continued to be relatively slow over the last 24 hours.
After trickling their way through the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday night, the Volvo Ocean Race six have been struggling in light winds thanks to the decided lack of any gradient pressure in the are
A slow night dogged by a zone of high pressure, the breeze at times as slack as just two or three knots , now sees stablemates Hugo Boss and Neutrogena virtually alongside each ot
If during the pre-start hours in Barcelona there were fears that one Barcelona World Race duo might break away in the opening days, so far such worries remain unfounded.
Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes on Hugo Boss may have set a new record for the Barcelona World Race's 538-mile opening passage to Gibraltar, but their path out into the Atlantic proved problematic when
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of his homeport on the 4,670 mile Leg 3 to Sanya, China, the start taking place at 1300 UTC.
Following the recovery of its VO65 from a mid-Indian Ocean reef just before Christmas, Team Vestas Wind has announced plans to rebuild its severely damaged boat and will return to the Volvo Ocean R
Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes on Hugo Boss have set a new record time for the 538 mile Barcelona to Gibraltar course of of 2 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes.
Team SCA led virtually from start to finish to romp to a convincing victory in the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race in Abu Dhabi.