Volvo Ocean Race fans can closely follow the progress of their favourite teams as the fleet blasts around the 98 nautical mile course to Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and complete the Leg 2 race from Cape Town.
Racing is scheduled to start at 0930 local time (0530 UTC), with the fleet expected to complete the course in less than six hours. Race junkies will be able to follow the action from start to finish using the official race tracker at volvooceanrace.com
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad says the tracker, which will update position data every 60 seconds, is the best way for race fans around the world to keep tabs on exactly what is going on out on the racecourse.
“This is the first time we have used the fast updating tracker on a leg of the race,” he said.
“The tracker will update the boats’ positions every minute and the tracker software buffers the data so that the users see a smooth track on the screen.
“Other than actually being there, the tracker is the best way to follow the fleet on their way to Abu Dhabi.”
Team Telefónica and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand will be worth watching as they contest the overall victory in a leg split into two parts because of the threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean.
The other Leg 2 finishing positions are also up for grabs, with 20 percent of the points still available after a first stage, raced from Cape Town to an undisclosed Safe Haven, that ended with a knife-edge victory for Telefónica over CAMPER.
Wednesday’s second stage will see the boats sprint in from an unloading point off the Sharjah coastline into the race´s first Middle Eastern Host Port at Abu Dhabi.
It could be a spectacular race, with forecasts of winds up to 25 knots. The course takes the fleet initially out from the Sharjah coast before turning for a fast run parallel with the shore. After rounding the final mark, the fleet will power directly towards the finish line at Abu Dhabi.
“This is pretty unusual,” said Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker, who is looking forward to racing into the team’s home port.
“We’ll be going for a bit of glory in Stage 2. They’ve done a fantastic job here and I’m sure whatever the result there’ll be a fantastic reception not just for us but for everyone.”
Despite their last-gasp victory in the first stage from Cape Town to the Safe Haven, Telefónica are not yet certain of overall leg honours.
Overall leaders Telefónica scored 24 points for that victory, against 20 for CAMPER. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG scored 16 points for third, with Groupama taking 12 and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing eight.
The winning team on Wednesday will scoop six points, with five for second, four for third, three for fourth and two for fifth. If CAMPER were to win and Telefónica finish fifth, the teams would be level on 26 points for Leg 2. In that situation, the tie would be decided in favour of CAMPER as the team with the best result in the most recent scoring opportunity.
“It’s a day-long race and we’ll be thinking about it more or less like an in-port,” said Telefónica skipper Iker Martínez. ¨We´ll have to be very focused.¨
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