West is best!
Even after getting rolled by the bus, re-navigating the southern doldrums and travelling many more miles, the higher average boat speed and better downwind VMG paid off in the end.
Lazy Lisbon finished up in 4,372nd place, barely an hour ahead of the eastern fleet.
There are mind numbing decisions happening all across the fleet as the Southern Hemisphere welcomes us into its arms and pits.
For the western group, it’s looking more and more like it all comes down to making that departure window much farther south than anticipated. It doesn’t look like there’s any short cuts ahead, so don’t miss the bus!
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The eastern group has some tough decisions ahead (I note, just as Nessalg makes a port tack for the mid-Atlantic) on the heels of some nail biting and incredible forward progress. Is there enough breeze to stay on the train, or will they take their chances beating hard to wind to Cape Town?
It’s been incredibly quick sailing across the equator easily maintaining a southward port-side broad reach since nearly the start of the leg.
It’s been a struggle without the Code 0 to keep up with the pack at times as I’m missing an extra quarter knot or so of boat speed on every beam reach. Serves me right for choosing the light wind package on an Atlantic crossing!
The early split on Leg #2 from Lisbon to Cape Town going east to west showed confidence in an alternate route rather than the usual trade winds.
Although every Volvo Ocean Race Boat went west, many virtual sailors headed east down the African coast.
Major gains are being made in the east as a strong flow presses the fleet towards the Sengal doldrums.
The western fleet got a big break with increased wind pressure and reduced wind shadow behind Cape Verde. It been a port side beam reach of around 100 degrees almost directly south for days!
The rubber is on the road as this drag race enters day 5!
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It got pretty real this year with the Yule Log channel in full swing. Here are the highlights of the channel for you to remember for years to come!
Continue reading Yule Log Channel Highlights
Pull up a seat, cozy in, and enjoy the warmth of the Christmas Yule Log. Continue reading Christmas Yule Log Channel
Clan WiZ defended and lost our position today. NoU has stepped in as the new owners of the Castle. This was a great battle, everyone fought ferociously and had a pretty good time at it as well.
Continue reading The Battle For Minewind Ends In Blood
Perhaps I should be the #kingofhell too.