The trade winds are allowing the Volvo Ocean Race fleet to post 500-mile days as they push northwards to the finish in Newport, Rhode Island.
May 02, 201812:59 UTC: Written by Will Carson — “The Volvo Ocean Race teams were enjoying full-speed trade wind sailing on Wednesday as they knocked off the miles to the Leg 8 finish in Newport, Rhode Island. Stage leaders Team Brunel continue to set the pace as they blast along at more than 22 knots, matching the wind for speed, and holding a narrow 15-mile jump on second-placed Dongfeng Race Team. The top trio, which also includes Turn the Tide on Plastic, were less than 30 miles apart as the battle for Leg 8 supremacy continued on the tenth day at sea. Just over 2,300 miles remain between the leaders and the finish line.” Read more.