Tuesday, 14 April 2009

VOR: Inshore or Offshore?

Ian Moore navigating, at the start of leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston. Image copyright Guo Chuan/Green Dragon Racing/Volvo Ocean Race.

by Lucy Harwood

After a slow start to leg 6, the fleet are now in more favourable conditions and are sailing north east at around 12 - 15 knots. Green Dragon made a move investing in a more offshore position and they remain the most easterly boat in the fleet, as result they have lost some miles to the rest of the pack. Telefonica Blue still hold pole with Delta Lloyd sneaking up from the back of the pack to take second 13 miles behind. The middle of the fleet is a tight group with just a few miles separating PUMA, Ericsson 4, Ericsson 3 and Telefonica Black who are sailing with one man less onboard after their bowman was picked up off the boat after injuring his ankle shortly after the start.

Within the fleet there has started to be a split as Ericsson 4, PUMA and Telefonica Black have head further inshore, whilst Delta Lloyd, Telefonica Blue and Green Dragon have kept a more offshore route. The tricky conditions are set to continue for some time as well as the big swell that is causing the fleet some issues. A game of snakes and ladders will play out as they move north and make their approach towards the scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha.

Leg Six Day 3: 1500 GMT Volvo Ocean Race Positions
(boat name/country/skipper/nationality/distance to finish)

1. Telefónica Blue ESP (Bouwe Bekking/NED) DTF 4554 nm
2. Delta Lloyd IRL (Roberto Bermúdez/ESP) +13
3.Ericsson 4 SWE (Torben Grael/BRA) + 16
4. Ericsson 3 SWE (Magnus Olsson/SWE) + 17
5. PUMA Racing Team USA (Ken Read/USA) + 18
6. Telefónica Black ESP (Fernando Echávarri/ESP) + 19
7. Green Dragon IRL/CHN (Ian Walker/GBR) +30

Team Russia RUS (Andreas Hanakamp/AUT) DNS

Green Dragon Racing
Volvo Ocean Race

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