The seven best sailing teams in the world will test their offshore Volvo Ocean 65s on a close-quarters race course on Friday during the Cape Town In-Port Race, under the shadow of the majestic Table Mountain. Racing off Cape Town is notoriously challenging with strong, gusty, shifting winds and tricky currents commonplace. And after racing 7,000 nautical miles from Lisbon to Cape Town last month, the sailors will need to switch gears for short-course, inshore racing.
The leaderboard of the In-Port Race Series is used as the tie-breaking mechanism for the overall Volvo Ocean Race standings, so the stakes are high.
MAPFRE leads the In-Port Race series by two points over Team Brunel and Dongfeng Race Team.
The race is scheduled to start at 2:00pm local time in Cape Town, 12:00 UTC.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE CAPE TOWN IN-PORT RACE:
How to follow the start of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race – Lisbon to Cape Town:
Race start time: 12:00 UTC - 2:00pm Cape Town
Watch it on the website:
Head to www.volvooceanrace.com at 1150 UTC for the racing, to catch a live stream of the action.
Check out Facebook Live:
We'll go live at 1150 UTC for the racing – you can visit our page to schedule a reminder so you don't miss it.
Join us on our live blog:
We'll be blogging all the moves and news from the racetrack on our live blog, including the best of clips and social content, from 1200 UTC. You can find it at www.volvooceanrace.com
Make sure you follow us on Twitter:
We're at @volvoooceanrace... and we'll be live tweeting the action, as well as sharing the best content from the teams, stakeholders and fans on our feed.
Download the app:
It's all-new, full of great content and fits on your mobile phone. Why wouldn't you want the official Volvo Ocean Race app? Head to the App Store or Google Play to download it. It's called Volvo Ocean Race.
Come down to the Race Village:
Based in V+A Waterfront in Cape Town, there's a fantastic Race Village and it's jam packed full of interactive elements, innovative structures and loads of exciting things to do.
Play the Game:
Test your skills against some of the best virtual sailors in the world with the Volvo Ocean Race Game. Play it here.