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Race meteorologist Gonzalo Infante:
It could be the hardest leg of the whole race! The 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague can upset the odds. It's so short it will be high intensity. There will be a lot of coastal sailing, traffic lanes, strong currents and light and rough weather. Don't forget the sailors will be tired after eight months of sailing too. Definitely a fascinating one.
First you have to sail along the Brittany coast and try to be in phase with the tide. Next you have to manage the traffic in the English Channel. After the 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague comes the North Sea with its oil rigs and wind farms. The very variable weather can lead to aggressive strategies.
Then comes the Skagerrak and the approach to Gothenburg, on the western coast of Sweden, for the grand finale of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.
What happens at The Hague?
For this pit-stop, the boat that crosses the line first into the port will resume racing at 12:00 local time on June 20. The finishing delta (time) between the boats will be the same amount of time that the boats will resume racing behind the leader.
The Hague is the only pit-stop in this edition of the race and there are some specific rules covering what can and can't be done while the boats are in port.
This is a non-haulout stop, so the fleet must remain in the water; however, the crew can go ashore. Any repairs to the boat must be done onboard by the crew who are racing on the current leg, and they may only use spares and equipment carried onboard for that leg.
Full details can be found in the Notice of Race on the Noticeboard, under "Item 19: Non-haul-out and Pitstops".
Marie LaurensVolvo Ocean Race News Distribution ManagerSpainmlaurens@sunsetvineapp.com+34668103908