Following latest information on the development of Cyclone Pam, Race organizers have announced that Leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajaí, Brazil, will now start on Wednesday, 18 March at 09:00 NZDT
“We see a significant change between leaving Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning in easier conditions, and this was also the preference of the majority of the teams,” commented Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad, coming straight out of a meeting with the six teams’ skippers, navigators and weather experts in Auckland.
“The cyclone is still a very severe system near New Zealand. Most of the routes on this leg take you very close to that cyclone for a substantially long period of time.
“Now that we have started delaying because of the cyclone, it’s always a matter of when do you leave, when do you feel that it’s far enough away? What we see is that the system is big, it’s not moved very far, and leaving on Tuesday they’d very quickly be into 40 knots and a very big sea state.”
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