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Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 2 Friday Update

The Volvo teams have all started to make a left turn towards Cape Town, but this is unklikely to last long.Bekking on Brunel helm -

Although this direction is favoured for the current wind speeds and direction, within the next 36 hours, we expect to see another gybe to the southwest.

This will be to pick up the 'Cape Town Express', the low pressure system that brings strong downwind conditions to push the teams home.

Brunel and Vestas gybed early but by 13:00 UTC were back on port having sailed 40 miles in the 'wrong' direction – but seven-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bekking explained that, despite what it might look like, there is method to their madness.

“The reason for that is that further to the west is more pressure. We are aiming to get to that area, do one final gybe and then 'jump on the train'."

"The gybe will be expensive one on paper but we think it's a good investment for the near future.”

Meanwhile Brunel's Dutch rivals team AkzoNobel were some 130 miles to their east having opted to 'cut the corner' by sailing a more direct route to the Leg 2 finish line.

But that will take time to play out. And if the expected weather doesn't come, perhaps cutting the corner will work for the AkzoNobel crew.

VOR Leg 2 – Position Report – Friday 17 Nov – 19:00 UTC

1. team AkzoNobel - - distance to finish – 2,590 nm
2. Dongfeng Race Team + 40 nm
3. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag + 49 nm
4. Turn the Tide on Plastic + 49 nm
5. MAPFRE + 66 nm
7. Vestas 11th Hour Racing + 123 nm
6. Team Brunel + 135 nm

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