At least there was an exciting finish to this strange, two-part, Leg. Groupama snuck by Telefonica at the end to win the 98-mile fast reach into Abu Dhabi by just 52 seconds.
Leg 2 leaves Telefonica atop the standings, with 66 points, chased by Camper with 58. Then there is a gap to Groupama at 42 points. After that you have the Leg 1 dropouts, starting with PUMA at 28.
We're going to need Leg 3 (and beyond) to shake up the standings if this Volvo is going to get exciting.
Here's what the sprint mini-leg looked like:
It's hard to know what the heck is happening in the Volvo Ocean Race, what with the stealth zones, secret transports, and a Leg 2 that has been divided into stages (click here to find out how to watch the Stage 2 "Sprint Finish" on Jan. 4).
Hopefully, we'll be back to normal VOR legs, and normal VOR race tracking soon enough. But in the meantime, Volvo will help you get up to speed with this excellent video summary of what has happened so far...(cont.)Read More
The Volvo Ocean Race is shuffling around off the bottom of Africa, trying to find the best route north to Abu Dhabi, and here's what you need to know:
The boats are through the washing machine of the Agulhas Current and no one dropped a rig. So that's good.
There was a big fleet split to get there, with Groupama again showing a penchant for wild gambles. So far, that's not so good (for them).
Telefonica, again with smart tactics and smooth sailing, is establishing itself as the class of the fleet. Nice to see an ocean race in which the Kiwis aren't a mortal lock.
BONUS FOR ARMCHAIR TACTICIANS--Here's how it all breaks down, according to Groupama:Read More
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