After a thrilling final Team Brunel has won the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Dutch boat sailed over the finish line in Abu Dhabi 16 minutes ahead of the second placed Dongfeng Race Team. It took skipper Bouwe Bekking and his men 23 days to cover 6,125 nautical miles from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. Team Brunel now stands in 1st place in the overall ranking.
On January 3rd the teams started in the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The 4,670 nautical miles long route takes the fleet from Abu Dhabi to the Chinese coastal resort of Sanya, which can be found on the southern point of Hainan. The third leg of the 2014 – 2015 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is fundamentally different to the first two. Leg 3 will take Team Brunel out of the Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, across the Indian Ocean, around the tip of Sri Lanka, through the Strait of Malacca, past Singapore, up the South China Sea, along the Vietnamese coast and finally into Sanya. The previous legs have run largely from north to south, or south to north. This means that they have been crossing the earth’s climate zones horizontally and looping the globe. This third leg they will be racing from west to east, and running along the climate zones instead of crossing them.
However, given that the race track is essentially a straight line, with the fleet reaching in a relatively steady wind direction , the strategic options are limited. “It will also be an unpredictable leg,” says skipper Bouwe Bekking. “Anything can happen, especially when it comes to the weather, which is even more difficult to predict during this leg then during the past stage. I’m expecting very high temperatures and plenty of rain.” Leg 3 is expected to take a little over three weeks with the leading boats predicted to arrive in Sanya around January 25th.
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With this in mind Bolidt is participating in the world’s toughest offshore race as official partner of the Dutch Team Brunel. “The Volvo Ocean Race is the longest and toughest event in professional sport. The race showcases extraordinary stories of human accomplishment and adventure on an international level with all ingredients we at Bolidt value: teamwork, tactics, state of the art technology and constantly pushing boundaries. We are proud to be partner of Team Brunel; it’s a true no limits adventure which leads us to our key source markets all over the world such as the healthcare industry in the Middle East and the food industry in Asia.
During the stop-overs around the globe we are welcoming new and existing valued relations to let them experience the ‘no limits’ possibilities of Bolidt”, says CEO and President of Bolidt Rientz W. Bol.
Bouwe Bekking, skipper of Team Brunel was ambassador of the No Limits, Bolidt’s Swan 45. Gideon Messink, one of the founding fathers of Team Brunel is still one of the crew members of No Limits.Ask a question
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