Leg 2, Race 3, Rio to Cape Town

There are more details of the Race Scoring on my previous post!

They started this leg with an overall total of 19 points.

Leg 2 – Race 3 – Rio to Cape Town, South Africa

Race 3 Viewer

Race 3 Viewer

This leg contained just one race, back across the Atlantic Ocean from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town in South Africa. At times the weather conditions were right that the race dipped into the Southern Ocean. You may not find this in an atlas, but sailors would define it as being further south than 40 degrees latitude. It’s generally very cold as the water temperature is so low and renowned for its weather storms. This is where the expression “Roaring Forties” comes from.

As you can see in the Race 3 Viewer, Henri Lloyd (and most of the other boats) decided not to bother with the scoring gate. It would have taken them too far north for the weather conditions to be favourable. When you make the decision whether to go for it it’s a bit of a gamble. The two boats that did, Jamaica and Qingdao, did score their extra three and two points respectively, but sacrificed finishing positions as they then experienced a wind hole that did not affect the rest of the fleet.

Then the ocean sprint. Henri Lloyd won this one as well – two extra points.

They finished race 3 in second place thus gaining 11 points plus two extras giving them 13 for the race. Their overall total rose to 32 and they were in the lead overall.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston provides some very interesting thoughts on tactical decisions and also comments on Henri Lloyd’s ocean sprints prowess.


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