This weekend the Volvo Ocean Race boats will be back on the water beginning with two shoot-out style races. With six points up for grabs for the winner of the In-Port Race on Friday and another six point to the winner of Leg 2, Stage 1 on Saturday, there is a real chance of a shake-up on the leaderboard.
After a stopover in Abu Dhabi, the five Volvo Ocean Race Teams are ready to head back out to the ocean. Current race leader Team Telefonica is hoping to continue their winning ways however CAMPER with Team Emirates NZ and Groupama Sailing Team have a great opportunity to tighten the race with wins this weekend. Though PUMA Ocean Racing by BERG and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing significantly trail in points, winning either race this weekend could give them an emotional boost to help carry the team to Sanya, China.
First up is the In-Port Race on Friday, January 13th at 5:00 a.m. EST. This is a 45-60 minute race around the buoys. The course is very short making for some close-quarters and very intense actions. Having the right start makes all the difference in this type of racing. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team is eager to win this In-Port Race for the home crowd.
Leg 3, Stage 1 will begin on Saturday at 5:00 a.m. EST with an all out sprint to a point off Sharjah on the northern Emirates coast. As part of the anti-piracy measures, the boats will then be loaded onto a ship and transported to an unloading point in what is known as the Stealth Zone. Once the race committee deems the area safe, Stage 2 of Leg 3 will begin heading towards the finish line in Sanya, China.
Team Sanya suffered rigging problems during Leg 2, Stage 1 and stopped in Madagascar for repairs. They have recently rejoined the race and are heading for the Stealth Zone completing Leg 2. Once there the team should be able to rejoin the fleet for Stage 2 of Leg 3. If they make this location in time the team will be given points for completing Leg 2 and the In-Port Race in Abu Dhabi.
Live coverage of both the In-Port Race and the start of Leg 3 will be streamed on the Volvo Ocean Race website. If you are not up in time to watch either one of these starts, head to the video gallery to select from an array of featured videos.
Track your favorite team using the live tracker. By placing your mouse over the boats you can see their current heading and boat speed. You can even overlay the wind forecast to see what is ahead for the racers. This is a fun way to feel apart of ocean racing.
Volvo Ocean Racing wants you to feel a part of the action. What better way to spend a cold winter day.