Pity the poor Volvo Ocean Race sailor. While it may seem like forever since the fleet arrived in Cape Town after 24 days at sea, in fact it’s only been a couple of weeks. Worse, yet the forecast is calling for the sailors to get pasted by heavy weather on the nose within hours of the start. They are also sure to get their share of calms again, as in the Atlantic Doldrums. A video summary of Leg 1 provides a refresher course in what the sailors have already been through, and a glimpse of what is likely to come.
Cruising: Less (LOA) is More
The breeze kicks up. The boat digs in, and I tighten my grip on the mainsheet. It’s overcast but warm. The slate-blue water around me is patterned with whitecaps. Ahead, the low, tumbling hills of Old Mission Peninsula, a 17-mile long finger of land separating the east and west ...read more