Around Alone the world
The 28,775-mile five-leg single-handed race is held every four years (known before as the BOC Challange). The race started in New York USA, has stopovers in Torbay Britain, Cape Town South Afrika, Tauranga New Zealand and Salvador Brazil, before returning to Newport U.S. in April 2003.
There are 12 competitors left for the second leg after Belgian skipper decided to pull out of the race. There are two classes of monohulls from 40-60 feet, known as the Open 60 and Open 40.
The second leg is one of the most challenging tactical legs of the race as it takes the solo sailors all the way from the North Atlantic to the Southern Ocean via the Equator, passing different weather systems and ocean currents along the way.
The winner of the second leg is expected in Cape Town around November 8 2002.
Just now the single-handed Around Alone sailors are facing a severe test as a storm looms on the horizon. The sailors left Torbay on the second leg of the circumnavigation from Torbay on Tuesday 15.10.2002, as deep depression is now forecasted to cross their path in the Bay of Biscay. Winds up to 50 knots are expected to give the skippers on the 6,880-mile leg to Cape Town an early taste of what to expect once they reach the Southern Ocean.
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