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Velux 5 Oceans: Canadian leads the fleet

Date Added: December 24, 2010 11:52:39 AM
Author: Webmaster
Category: Recreation & Sports: Travel

  Canadian Derek Hatfield has reclaimed the lead less than 24 hours in to the second dash of the Velux 5 Oceans. Keen to make up for a slow start at the outset of dash one in La Rochelle, the veteran sailor was the first of the international fleet to cross the beginning line of the second leg in Cape Town on Active House. It was a tough start to the Southern Ocean dash with light airs dogging the skippers as they tried to steal any advantage they could over their rivals as the two Eco 60 yachts headed south from the beginning. Polish ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski on Operon Racing looked to have the advantage as the fleet passed Robben Island but it was American ocean dash one winner Brad van Liew on Le Pingouin who emerged in front at the first six-hourly position report. All three skippers will face patchy light winds as they punch through a high pressure technique which currently blocks their paths to the stronger westerly winds that they are looking for. The Cape Town to Wellington dash, the second of three that make up the VELUX 5 OCEANS, is around 7,500 nautical miles with the first yachts expected to arrive in New Zealand in early January. However it was all change again by midnight UTC. Despite Brad being further south than Derek & Gutek, Active House was more to the east & leading Operon Racing by just under one nautical mile with Le Pingouin in third 2.4 nautical miles behind. British skipper Chris Stanmore-Major on Spartan & Belgian ocean racer Christophe Bullens on three Oceans of Smiles were both 15 nautical miles behind the leading yacht, CSM opting for a more southerly route while Christophe took a more easterly heading. For the latest positions (plus weather forecast) visit www.velux5oceans.com     Canadian Derek Hatfield has reclaimed the lead less than 24 hours in to the second dash of the Velux 5 Oceans. Keen to make up for a slow start at the outset of dash one in La Rochelle, the veteran sailor was the first of the international fleet to cross the beginning line of the second leg in Cape Town on Active House.   It was a tough start to the Southern Ocean dash with light airs dogging the skippers as they tried to steal any advantage they could over their rivals as the two Eco 60 yachts headed south from the beginning. Polish ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski on Operon Racing looked to have the advantage as the fleet passed Robben Island but it was American ocean dash one winner Brad van Liew on Le Pingouin who emerged in front at the first six-hourly position report.   All three skippers will face patchy light winds as they punch through a high pressure technique which currently blocks their paths to the stronger westerly winds that they are looking for. The Cape Town to Wellington dash, the second of three that make up the VELUX 5 OCEANS, is around 7,500 nautical miles with the first yachts expected to arrive in New Zealand in early January.   However it was all change again by midnight UTC. Despite Brad being further south than Derek & Gutek, Active House was more to the east & leading Operon Racing by just under one nautical mile with Le Pingouin in third 2.4 nautical miles behind. British skipper Chris Stanmore-Major on Spartan & Belgian ocean racer Christophe Bullens on three Oceans of Smiles were both 15 nautical miles behind the leading yacht, CSM opting for a more southerly route while Christophe took a more easterly heading. For the latest positions (plus weather forecast) visit www.velux5oceans.com  
 
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