On Sunday 22 April, Leg 8 in the VolvoOceanRace will start from Itajai to Newport. There will be 7 Boats on the start, while only 5 could normally finish Leg 7 into Itajai.
Two boats had aborted the Leg 7 , came in late but were overhauled in time to participate in the next exciting Leg 8.
As normal a starters parcours will have to be sailed , before heading into the Atlantic. see parcours. The starting time is 17:00 UTC. I expect it to be broadcast live, via the VOR website or Twitter.
|Parcour for Leg 8 Start|
Straight away, the skippers have to make a strategical decision, whether to sail close to the Brazilian coast or further East on the Atlantic, where normally stronger winds exist.
A Doldrums , the last one for this edition of VOR, is also part of the headache for the skippers. The region of the Finish could have some surprises with a strong depression, or not.