The Volvo Race, the hardest boat sailing competition around the world, arrived in Cape Town during the weekend.
The Spanish boat Mapfre won the second stage of the Volvo Ocean Race into South Africa and went to the front of the classification.
The Portugal-based Mirpuri Foundation “Turn the Tide on Plastic”, with the two compatriots Bernardo Freitas and Frederico Pinheiro de Melo in the crew, finished the Cape Town leg in seventh place, gliding into Cape Town on Saturday.
The third leg of the race starts on December 10th and will end in Melbourne covering 6.500 nautical miles.
The fleet will turn around the Cape of Good Hope heading South into the Great Australian Seas.
On the way they get hooked up with low pressure systems in the Westerly Storm Track the teams will be working hard to stay with it.
The strategic problem is to position the boat so that they don’t get too much wind and break something, or not enough so that they slow up and get left behind by the weather system.
This section will take them deep into the big breeze and big waves of the legendary Australian surf before reaching the safe harbour in Australia.