At Dongfeng Race Team, family is just as important as racing. We asked our crews' loved ones to prepare video messages for our sailors to help them at one of the toughest moments in the race and that moment has arrived…in the Southern Ocean, while the race comes to terms with the loss of a sailor from Scallywag and when conditions are still wild, 24 hours before rounding Cap Horn. Here is what happened when they saw them.
The sea conditions continue to be extremely challenging in the Southern Pacific Ocean as the fleet heads towards to Cape Horn which is now less than 500 miles from Dongfeng’s bow.
The last few hundred miles to that iconic headland will see building winds and seas with 30-40 knots forecast from the north-northwest as the sailors make their final approach.
With less than 2,500 to go to the finish at Itajai in Brazil, Team Brunel continues to lead with a 48-nautical mile advantage over Vestas 11th Hour Racing in second place.
Dongfeng Race Team is holding third place, 68 miles behind Brunel, with MAPFRE fourth, another 11 miles back. The current backmarkers are Team AkzoNobel (+102) and Turn the Tide on Plastic (+105).
ETA to Cape Horn for Dongfeng – Thursday 29th l UTC afternoon