16 March 2015

Cyclone Pam Delays Volvo Ocean Race Start, Leg 5 Auckland-Itajai, #VOR #BWR2015 Videos

Batten down the hatches | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - March 15, 2015: With Cyclone Pam rolling into New Zealand, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet are staying onshore for an extra couple of days.

Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 5, Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil:
UPDATED SUNDAY MARCH 15 from the Volvo Ocean Race: "Due to the possibility of a developing supercyclone, there have been some changes to this weekend's schedule... Our weather team currently predicts a possibility for severe weather with strong and gusty winds and heavy rainfall from Sunday afternoon to Monday midday. The planned Leg 5 departure for Sunday March 15 has been delayed to Tuesday March 17 at the earliest. There will be no sailing on Sunday and the Race Village will be closed.
MONDAY: Current forecasts suggest that Monday could be the worst affected day weather-wise. As a result, there are no plans for any events at this stage. The Race Village will be closed.
TUESDAY: The decision has been made that the boats will not leave Auckland until Tuesday March 17 at the earliest. The ambition is to leave somewhere between Tuesday midday and Wednesday afternoon. We will inform of an exact and updated time in due course. “This weather is very rare for the race, and for New Zealand," said Race CEO Knut Frostad on Friday. As we are dealing with a severe and extreme weather scenario the race organiser reserves the right to change the timing of any sailing, racing or event at any time if that should be required." (source: volvooceanrace.com)

Raw rugby power | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - March 15, 2015: Kiwi international rugby stars Richie McCaw and Dan Carter get to grips with the Musto grinding challenge with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Race Village.

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