“Cold, wet, and no escape…” An apt description of conditions in the South Atlantic as the competition heats up, even as temperatures plummet…
The second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race might be entering its final few days but the final positions are far from decided, with just over 1,300 miles still to sail, and a host of tactical opportunities on the horizon.
Mirpuri Foundation boat “Turn the Tide on Plastic” were passing Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited island in the world. The British colony, which is 1,500 miles from South Africa and 2,000 miles from South America, is home to 262 residents – and famously featured in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race when Ken Read’s PUMA Ocean Racing made an unscheduled stop there after dismasting.Read’s crew spent several days on Tristan as guests of the island’s inhabitants, touring the lobster processing plant, climbing a volcano and playing a round of golf.
The moment wasn’t lost on Turn the Tide on Plastic’s Henry Bomby, who tweeted: “Just passing Tristan du Cunha, if we stop does anyone fancy a round of golf? Ken Read?”
Meanwhile Turn the Tide on Plastic’s navigator Nico Lunven said he was itching to finish Leg 2 as quickly as possible for two reasons: “Firstly, because I am competitive and I want to beat Scallywag, and secondly because I want to get home to meet my new daughter who was born during the leg. At the moment I’ve only seen a picture of her on email.”Lunven will have to wait a few more days yet – the fleet is expected to arrive into Cape Town this weekend.
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