The longest stage of the round-the-world regatta Volvo Ocean Race started on May 22. The distance from Newport to Cardiff is 33,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic. The results of this race will be decisive. The number of points obtained will double only at this stage.
The Dongfeng Race went to the northeast of the Gulf Stream on Monday, leaving the rest of the fleet still in the southeast. MAPFRE moved after them, but now the distance between the leaders is 250 nautical miles.
The situation changed when Brunel, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Scallywag and AkzoNobel headed for the southeast. They had the advantage in 20 miles ahead of fleets navigating the northern course.
The 9th stage returns to the same waters as on the 7th race. It starts and will ends at the Westerly Storm Track, where storms and low-pressure systems pass west-east around the world.
We wish good luck to the teams and look forward to fresh news from the most anticipated Volvo Ocean Race regatta.