Volvo Ocean fleet sail for Newport having crossed equator

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SHOWS: AT SEA, ATLANTIC OCEAN (APRIL 29, 2015) (VOLVO OCEAN RACE VNR – EDITORIAL USE ONLY) 1. VARIOUS OF LEADING BOAT, DONGFENG RACE TEAM, RACING THROUGH CHOPPY WATERS 2. CREW ABOARD ABU DHABI OCEAN

Volvo Ocean fleet sail for Newport having crossed equator

SHOWS: AT SEA, ATLANTIC OCEAN (APRIL 29, 2015) (VOLVO OCEAN RACE VNR – EDITORIAL USE ONLY)

1. VARIOUS OF LEADING BOAT, DONGFENG RACE TEAM, RACING THROUGH CHOPPY WATERS

2. CREW ABOARD ABU DHABI OCEAN RACING COUNT HOW MANY TIMES THEY HAVE ALL CROSSED THE EQUATOR, TALLY IS 96 TIMES

3. ABU DHABI OCEAN RACING IN ROUGH SEAS

4. VARIOUS OF CREW ON MAPFRE WORKING IN ROUGH SEAS, ONE WORKING ON SAILS ALOFT

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDRE FRONSECA OF BRAZIL, ABOARD MAPFRE, SAYS:

“The boats come from behind, close to the forward ones, but it is a game. Now we are back on the trade winds and then moving forward to Newport.”

6. VIEW OF GPS ABOARD TEAM ALVIMEDICA AS IT REACHES THE EQUATOR AND CROSSES OVER INTO THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

7. CHEERS FROM THE CREW, HELMSMAN SAYS ‘FOR THE FOURTH TIME THE EQUATOR, BACK TO THE NORTH’

8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARK TOWILL OF USA, ABOARD ALVIMEDICA, SAYS:

“Four times across the equator. One more chance at the podium. And we never want to do worse than fourth.”

9. GPS DISPLAY ABOARD TEAM SCA AS IT CROSSES THE EQUATOR IN FIRST PLACE, CHEERS AS IT SHOWS 00.00

10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIZ WARDLEY OF AUSTRALIA SAYS:

“We are now in the northern hemisphere, we’ve crossed the equator and we have got nobody to pick on this time because everybody who is aboard has been across. But the special occasion is that we are the first board back in the northern hemisphere, and that’s pretty cool.”

11. VIEWS OF CREW ABOARD TEAM SCA SAILING

TEAM SCA SAILING SHOOTS

STORY: The Volvo Ocean race fleet crossed the equator for the fourth and final time on Tuesday (April 28) on their way into the North Atlantic.

Leg six finishes in Newport, Rhode Island and the boats are jockeying for position midway through the leg.

The fleet still has a long way to go before the race reaches its climax in the final week of June in Gothenburg, Sweden, having set out on the 38,739-nautical mile (nm), nine-month marathon back in Alicante, Spain, on October 11.

Teams SCA crossed the equator first, having chosen a slightly different bearing, but then fell back a little.

Dongfeng Race Team had a narrow lead at 1240gmt on April 29 ahead of overall leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. Next came Team Brunel ahead of MAPFRE, Team Alvimedica and Team SCA.

Crewman Andre Fronseca, aboard MAPFRE, said:

“The boats come from behind, close to the forward ones, but it is a game. Now we are back on the trade winds and then moving forward to Newport.”

Traditionally there are ceremonies aboard ship when a crewmember crosses the equator for the first time, but the crews are old hands. A quick calculation aboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing showed that crewmembers had crossed the equator 96 times in all.

Aboard Team SCA, Liz Wardley said: “We are now in the northern hemisphere, we’ve crossed the equator and we have got nobody to pick on this time because everybody who is aboard has been across. But the special occasion is that we are the first board back in the northern hemisphere, and that’s pretty cool.”

The boats are expected to reach Newport around May 7.

Standings at 1240gmt on Wednesday, April 29:

1. Dongfeng Race Team – Distance to Newport 2518nm

2. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing – 1.1nm to the leader

3. Team Brunel – 1.9nm to the leader

4. MAPFRE – 3.3nm to the leader

5. Team Alvimedica – 24.6nm to the leader

6. Team SCA – 30.2nm to the leader

7. Team Vestas Wind – DID NOT START

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