Volvo Ocean Race 13.11.2017

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13.11.2017

Jack Bouttell gets the full treatment from King Neptune as Dongfeng leads across the Equator

Dongfeng, the red and white Volvo Ocean 65 skippered by Charles Caudrelier of France, today became the first of the seven boats in the Volvo Ocean Race to cross the Equator and head into the southern hemisphere.

The crossing was followed shortly afterwards by a particularly solemn ceremony in which King Neptune – aka Stu Bannatyne – welcomed both bowman Jack Bouttell and OBR Jeremie Lecaudey to his realm.

There are no points on the scoreboard for crossing the Equator first but it was nevertheless a special moment for Caudrelier and his crew who have led this second leg almost continuously from the startline at Lisbon.

 

In the last couple of days, as the leaders have made their way through the Doldrums into the southeast trade winds, the fleet has compressed and MAPFRE in second position and Vestas 11th Hour Racing in third, have made big gains.

In the event Dongfeng crossed the world’s most famous line of latitude just 16 minutes ahead of Xabi Fernandez’s crew on MAPFRE. Charlie Enright and his team on Vestas were at the demarcation line between North and South only another 29 minutes later.

Caudrelier says the last few days have all been about dodging clouds in the battle with MAPFRE and trying not to lose out in this game of meteorological pot luck. “It’s been the same story since the start,” he said. “We’re in a speed game against MAPFRE.

“The good news is that we had a good cloud this morning that helped us to make a small gain. Since the start, each time we take a small advantage the fleet comes back with the clouds. In the Doldrums it was the same – MAPFRE nearly passed us in a cloud. But for sure this Doldrums was the easiest one I have crossed.”

It was only a few minutes after Dongfeng reached the southern hemisphere that Stu Bannatyne appeared on deck wearing a silver cardboard crown, carrying a staff made of a boathook and a toothbrush and wearing a cape and a black towel around his neck.

“A short time ago we crossed the Equator and with every Equator crossing there is a tradition to be upheld,” intoned Bannatyne who is on his eighth Volvo Ocean Race campaign. “Many team members on this yacht are already members of King Neptune’s realm but we have two crew members who are yet to join.”

Then with the assistance of his righthand women, Carolijn Brouwer, Jack and Jeremie had locks of hair cut from their heads and glued to their chests. Then they were covered in an evil-looking and evil-smelling “brew” that consisted of old freeze-dried food mixture and chopped up flying fish which had been stewing in 40-degree heat for four days. It was all done in good spirits.

In the last couple of days, as the leaders have made their way through the Doldrums into the southeast trade winds, the fleet has compressed and MAPFRE in second position and Vestas 11th Hour Racing in third, have made big gains.

In the event Dongfeng crossed the world’s most famous line of latitude just 16 minutes ahead of Xabi Fernandez’s crew on MAPFRE. Charlie Enright and his team on Vestas were at the demarcation line between North and South only another 29 minutes later.

Caudrelier says the last few days have all been about dodging clouds in the battle with MAPFRE and trying not to lose out in this game of meteorological pot luck. “It’s been the same story since the start,” he said. “We’re in a speed game against MAPFRE.

“The good news is that we had a good cloud this morning that helped us to make a small gain. Since the start, each time we take a small advantage the fleet comes back with the clouds. In the Doldrums it was the same – MAPFRE nearly passed us in a cloud. But for sure this Doldrums was the easiest one I have crossed.”

It was only a few minutes after Dongfeng reached the southern hemisphere that Stu Bannatyne appeared on deck wearing a silver cardboard crown, carrying a staff made of a boathook and a toothbrush and wearing a cape and a black towel around his neck.

“A short time ago we crossed the Equator and with every Equator crossing there is a tradition to be upheld,” intoned Bannatyne who is on his eighth Volvo Ocean Race campaign. “Many team members on this yacht are already members of King Neptune’s realm but we have two crew members who are yet to join.”

Then with the assistance of his righthand women, Carolijn Brouwer, Jack and Jeremie had locks of hair cut from their heads and glued to their chests. Then they were covered in an evil-looking and evil-smelling “brew” that consisted of old freeze-dried food mixture and chopped up flying fish which had been stewing in 40-degree heat for four days. It was all done in good spirits.

Leg 2 – Lisbon to Cape Town – 13.11.17 at 1300 UTC
1. Dongfeng Race Team 🇨🇳 C.Caudrelier. Distance to finish (DTF): 3,600nm
2. MAPFRE 🇪🇸 X.Fernández. Distance to leader (DTL): 2.87nm
3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing 🇺🇸 C.Enright. DTL: 9.74nm
4. Team Brunel 🇳🇱 B.Bekking, DTL: 10.60nm
5. Team AkzoNobel 🇳🇱 S.Tienpoint. DTL: 17.93nm
6. Turn the Tide of Plastic 🇫🇲 D.Caffari. DTL: 52.10nm
7. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag 🇭🇰 D.Witt. DTL: 61.57nm