Halfway Round the World, a Mid-Race Review
Text by Jonno Turner
In the five months since this race left Alicante, the fleet has visited Alicante, Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya and Auckland. Now, they're in the toughest arena of all - the Southern Ocean - winging their way towards Itajaí.
- That's a lot of miles sailed.
30,346 nautical miles sailed so far for Team SCA
30,050 nautical miles sailed so far for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
29,967 nautical miles sailed so far for Dongfeng Race Team
30,301 nautical miles sailed so far for Team Brunel
30,153 nautical miles sailed so far for Team Alvimedica
30,327 nautical miles sailed so far for MAPFRE
11,803 nautical miles sailed so far for Team Vestas Wind
- Lost property
1 food cooler lost overboard on Team Alvimedica
1 drone lost on Dongfeng Race Team
A lot of hours lost in the Doldrums!
- New experiences
4 Chinese sailors given their first taste of offshore life
23 pollywogs became shellbacks
18 birthdays celebrated at sea
2 Thanksgiving parties
Plenty of Valentine's Day love
- The world is watching
Nearly 51 million minutes watched on the Volvo Ocean Race Youtube channel.
A cumulative TV audience of over 1 billion people around the world.
Over one million views on The Inside Track
- Close shaves
3 Chinese gybes
2 crazy cyclones avoided
1 epic salvage mission
...which reached over 3 million people on Facebook alone.
10,923 emails sent from the boats to Alicante Race Control
3 oceans crossed.
3 Equator crossings.
4 different In-Port Race winners.
Over 15,000 hours of spectactular sailing completed.
That's 54 million seconds of concentration, focus and intensity, 3,750 watch changes and 5,000 freeze-dried meal times.
- And a few knocks picked up along the way
1 perforated eardrum
1 ruptured herniated disc
1 broken hand, 1 broken bone in hand
2 ribs broken, 2 ribs cracked
A LOT of painkillers and bandages
Marie LaurensVolvo Ocean Race News Distribution ManagerSpainmlaurens@sunsetvineapp.com+34668103908