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#VVOR Leg 2: Tricky times in Madagascar

Par Virtual Regatta - November 24 2014

We weren’t exactly expecting a party on the second leg…  

The favourites have plunged south to head toward the best winds. Skirting the South African coast before heading back North – turning back almost 360 degrees (well… almost).

Soon, sailors will put on their turning signals and head toward the buoy at Mauritius Island. In the lead, Bonus la Normande followed by the Dutch sailor Chicken tonight (do you remember that old Shake n’ Bake commercial “I feel like chicken tonight, chicken tonight!”), the Swede Terra Firma, compagnoni-EZ and repping the Aussies – EpicBattle. A real international group of leaders!

Southeast of the leaders pack a second group is attempting to get back into the top spots, lead by Nauplius exemplaire and followed by a few serious competitors including voyou1, Rise and Fall EZ, the Norweigan NOR7034, lucasdovic and ManyEric!

A third larger group is further back and lead by XC Race (the winner of the first leg), while a few competitors in the extreme South find themselves around LastHope in hopes of success.

For everyone, the goal is to round the mega anticyclone that is positioning itself in the middle of the Indian Ocean as quickly as possible. The current leaders seem that they will do so in the best conditions, seeing how the winds are positioned in their zone. For the others, passing east or west won’t be an easy choice.

But the Indian Ocean is tricky, and anything can happen…  

 


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