2017-11-09 / Around Town

Long Second Leg Underway for Volvo Race

By Sam Crichton


Vestas 11th Hour Racing and the fleet at the start of leg 2 of the VOR. 
(Photo credit Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race) Vestas 11th Hour Racing and the fleet at the start of leg 2 of the VOR. (Photo credit Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race) After setting the pace for the first leg of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, Vestas 11th Hour Racing will be doing everything possible to repeat its winning performance in the second leg between Lisbon, Portugal and Cape Town, South Africa that began Nov. 5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing holds a two-point lead with eight In-Port races remaining.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing boat captain Nick Dana spoke with Newport This Week before the start of the second leg, which covers 7,000 nautical miles. "Leg 2 is the real Mc- Coy, the real Volvo Ocean Race,” he said. “The biggest difference between legs 1 and 2 is due, largely in part, to not having the island of Fernando de Naronha as part of the course, [so] it's a bit more of a free-for-all. We will have an addition to the crew with Roberto Bermúdez de Castro Muñoz (a.k.a. Chuny) joining the crew for Leg 2, which will be roughly 22 days."


Sam Crichton, a transplant from Australia, has worked in the sailing industry for more than 16 years both locally and internationally. Sam Crichton, a transplant from Australia, has worked in the sailing industry for more than 16 years both locally and internationally. Chuny is a six-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran, most recently winning with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing two years ago. He will substitute for Phil Harmer, who is still recovering from a back injury.

After finishing fifth in the Lisbon In-Port race after incurring a penalty at a mark rounding, Vestas 11th Hour Racing is now fourth in the In-Port Race series with eight points. Also competing is AkzoNobel, Dongfeng Race Team, MAPFRE, Sun Hung Kai Scallywag, Turn the Tide on Plastic and Team Brunel.

For the start of Leg 2, Lisbon dialed up a northerly breeze that gusted at 25 knots, which provided reaching conditions up and down the Tagus River.

Dongfeng Race Team managed to convert its start into an early lead as the fleet sets out to Cape Town.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing was in a strong position just after the start, but having too much sail up for the final stretch down the river caused it to drop back to fifth as the fleet exited out to sea.

“We’re confident, but not cocky,” skipper Charlie Enright said before the start. “We want to take what we’ve learned and apply it to Leg 2. It’s going to be a much different leg. It will be a lot more boat-speed oriented and we’re looking forward to that.”

Vestas crew for leg 2

Skipper, Charlie Enright
Navigator, Simon Fisher
Mark Towill
Roberto ‘Chuny’ Bermúdez de
Castro Muñoz
Nick Dana, captain
Tom Johnson
Tony Mutter
Stacey Jackson
Jena Hansen
On Board Reporter- Martin
Keruzore

Keep up with the teams as they make their way towards Newport by going to volvooceanrace.com.

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