Tuesday, April 7, 2015


7 April 2015: The second leg of the grueling 'round the world Volvo race (sail boats, folks, not cars!) has finished with, remarkably, the boats all within minutes of each other. the Abu Dhabi entry, skippered by Ian Walker of Britain, won, again, beating the second finisher by just 32 minutes! 

Abu Dhabi boat nearing the Horn and, below, in a bit more boisterous weather!
That remarkable finish came after sailing 6776 miles through some of the wildest ocean anywhere! Second was the Spanish boat, MAPFRE, followed by the Turkish American crew in Team ALVIMEDICA. 

Sadly, the Chinese boat, DONG FENG had to withdraw from the the leg after breaking their mast just west of Cape Horn. 
 Just another day at the office!

The crews will get a few days - they restart on 19th April - to repair themselves and their boats before heading off on the 3rd leg which will finish in Newport RI in mid June... should be exciting! 

The race will conclude on 27 June in Sweden. I will try to post info as I can.

So, until the next time, I wish you calm seas and stout rigs! and 

                                       Fair Winds
                                           Old Salt


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