(March 4, 2023; Day 7) – As Team Holcim-PRB continues to set the standard for Ocean Races, speeding into the first scoring gate at 143°E, Three other boats are eventually chased at high speed.
Biotherm, the 11th Hour Racing Team and Team Marizia had to go south to the edge of the ice exclusion zone to find the wind, but now they are in it and heading east for miles.
Nico Lumben, who was aboard Team Malizia, said: “Very good sailing. From the northwest he has winds of 22-24 knots, comfortable and fast sailing he conditions.
“The goal is to move east as soon as possible. Tomorrow morning there will be a cold front coming from behind, so there will be a transition (and a southward shift in winds) for a few days,” he concluded.
Amory Ross of IMOCA Mālama of the 11th Hour Racing Team wrote:
“The seas are relatively flat in the Southern Ocean, and temperatures are relatively warm in the Southern Ocean, but I know the date at the corner of the ice exclusion zone, about 10 miles south and 440 miles east of here, so I can says this: We know that taking a right turn and jumping into extremes isn’t always comfortable.”
The three IMOCAs in pursuit are far south of the leader, encircling an ice exclusion zone near 45 degrees south latitude, but Kevin Escoffier’s Holcim-PRB team is more than 400 miles north, with no escape. It retains the original weather system that made it possible. to a 550 mile lead.
At some point, however, they too will have to head south and it will be Escoffier’s turn to hit areas with less wind, so that could offer an opportunity for the chasing pack. is predicted.
Until then, sail along the racecourse’s southern boundary at high speed.
Meanwhile, in the north, GUYOT Environment – Team Europe is closing in on Cape Town, ETA tonight. The mast and boat will be removed tomorrow, weather permitting, and work to repair the damaged structure will begin immediately.
Leg 3 Rankings at 16:00 UTC
1. Team Holcim-PRB, distance to goal, 11113.4 nm
2. Biootherm, distance to lead, 537.4 nm
3. 11th Hour Racing Team, distance to lead, 562.6 nm
4. Team Malizia, distance to lead, 597.2 nm
GUYOT ENVIRONMENT – INTERRUPTED RACE
Race Details – Route – Tracker – Team – Content from Boats – YouTube
IMOCA: boats, design, skipper, release date
• Guyot Environnement – Team Europe (VPLP Verdier); Benjamin Dutroux (FRA)/Robert Stangjek (GER); 1 September 2015
• 11 Hours Race Team (Guillaume Verdier); Charlie Enright (USA); 24 August 2021
• Holcim-PRB (Guillaume Verdier); Kevin Escoffier (FRA); 8 May 2022
• Team Malizia (VPLP); Boris Harman (GER); 19 July 2022
Biotherm (Guillaume Verdier); Paul Mayhat (FRA); August 31, 2022
Ocean Race 2022-23 race schedule:
Alicante, Spain – Leg 1 (1900 nm) Start: 15 January 2023
Cape Verde – ETA: January 22nd.Leg 2 (4600 nm) Start: 25th January
Cape Town, South Africa – ETA: February 9th.Leg 3 (12750 nm) start: 26 February
Itajai, Brazil – ETA: April 1st.Leg 4 (5500 nm) start: April 23
Newport, Rhode Island, USA – ETA: May 10th.Leg 5 (3500 nm) start: May 21
Aarhus, Denmark – ETA: May 30th.Leg 6 (800 nm) start: 8 June
Kiel, Germany (Fly-By) – June 9
The Hague, Netherlands – ETA: June 11th.Leg 7 (2200 nm) start: 15 June
Genova, Italy – Grand Finale – ETA: June 25, 2023.Final import race: July 1, 2023
The Ocean Race (formerly the Volvo Ocean Race and the Whitbread Round the World Race) was originally to be raced by two classes of boats. Two editions of the race.
However, only IMOCA races worldwide and VO65 races in the Ocean Race VO65 Sprint, which competes on legs 1, 6 and 7 of the Ocean Race Course.
The Ocean Race also features the In-Port series, which races in seven course stopover cities around the world, giving local fans an up-close look at the teams competing on short inshore courses .
Harbor races do not count towards a team’s overall points score, but harbor race series standings are used to break point ties that occur during races around the world, and thus contribute to the overall ranking. play an important role.
The 14th edition of the Ocean Race was originally scheduled for 2021-22, but was postponed by a year due to the pandemic, with the first leg starting on January 15, 2023.
Source: Ocean Race