It is just over 24 hours since the eight boat fleet of Volvo Open 70s left Cape Town for the 4,500 nm leg to Cochi, India. Since then there have been several apparent leaders, including Telefonica Blue, Ericsson 3 and now Delta Lloyd.
“Apparent” is the key word, because the boat that is closest to Cochin, India is not necessarily the boat most likely to get there first. Ericsson meteorologist Chris Bedford explains Just a reminder to everyone to please ignore the Volvo leader board for the next 7 days or so. The race office is calculating the places on the leg based upon distance to the finish, but this leg is unusual with the scoring line at 58E and the need to sail east for several days prior to turning north. The boats that are behind (on a east to west position) will, at times, calculate to be closer to the finish (on a more northeast to southwest position). In fact, we envisioned cases where the boat in last place to the finish actually won the scoring gate AND the leg; such is the complex nature of the leg geometry and weather. Anyway, it should all become obvious soon, and there will be a time sometime about halfway through the leg, after the scoring gate, when the leader board will start to make sense once again.
The bad news for Puma fans is that flu has broken out on board and, as Ken Read says, “It’s not very much fun for a few of us and the great news for the rest of the group is they can almost be guaranteed to get the cold eventually, based on the unavoidable hygiene on a lovely V-70 petri dish.” This photo from David Branigan. More Volvo Ocean Race images and videos are here and the stories are here.