Pirates and Storms Warning for Second Leg of Volvo Ocean Race

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The fleet racing in the Volvo ocean race are headed for trouble. Bad weather and the suggestion to be on the lookout for pirates has everone on edge.

Now in the second leg of the round-the-world race, the seven strong fleet has set out from Cape Town for Abu Dhabi.

Almost immediately they were battling into the teeth of a 35 knot gale. It was trying and sickening for all concerned.

The captain of Team Alvimedica, Charlie Enright, wondered if “this could be the worst sea state these boats have ever seen.”

With 6125 nautical miles left of the leg they’d better get used to it. This leg is expected to take the fleet about a month, though should things get worse that expectation will change.

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The fleet was given a warning by meteorologist Gonzalo Infante: “We have just started the tropical cyclone season in the south Indian Ocean and it seems like we will have plenty of this activity for this leg.”

The organisers have set an exclusion zone in an effort to shield them from the worst of the bad weather. Another exclusion zone near the East African coast, in the Indian Ocean, has been set up to keep them as far away from suspected pirate lairs as possible.

Nonetheless, there will be little sleep for many of them for the next month.

The Volvo Ocean Race is expected to take nine months to complete.

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