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Volvo Race - Brunel rounds Cape Horn

Skipper Bouwe Bekking and his Brunel team passed Cape Horn at 13:01 UTC on Thursday and earn one point on the leaderboard for being first past the Horn.

Brunel get Armada Chilena guide at Cape Horn - Click image for a larger image

But even with a successful passage from the Pacific into the Atlantic Ocean, Bekking said the mood on board during the approach to Cape Horn was subdued.

“The crew is very, very, very tired,” he wrote earlier on Thursday. “Even though we are leading, there is no ‘hurray’ feeling on board . . . "

"The loss of John (Fisher) is sitting way deeper than people like to admit: I think of him several times in an hour.”

He’s not alone. As the sailors have some more time to digest the news about the loss of Scallywag’s John Fisher, the impact is sinking in.

Chasing Team Brunel to Cape Horn is a group of five boats led by Vestas 11th Hour Racing.

Dee Caffari has taken a crew of novices across two Southern Ocean legs and today finds herself in the hunt with the group of boats chasing Team Brunel.

“It’s a bit like a proud mum moment,” she said, talking about what it means to her to have shepherded her crew to Cape Horn.

“But the tragic news we’ve had this week . . . it’s made us all realise how vulnerable we are down here."

“So we’re saying that this rounding is definitely for Fish.”

As the fleet races around Cape Horn, Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag continue to make progress towards the west coast Chile, with landfall anticipated early next week.

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 7 - Friday 30 March @ 13:00 UTC

1. Team Brunel -- distance to finish -- 1,609 nautical miles
2. Dongfeng Race Team + 31 nm
3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing + 32 nm
4. team AkzoNobel + 52 nm
5. Turn the Tide on Plastic + 69 nm
6. MAPFRE + 264 nm resumed racing

7. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (retired)

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Gerald New - Sailweb
29 March 2018 18:06 GMT


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