Astronavigation in the South Atlantic - *Simon van Dam relies on astronavigation to sail to the remote South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha* [image: The crew completed a day course on astro...
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|*Final Standings: Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 (source: volvooceanrace.com)|
|Volvo Ocean Race Leg 9 Start map - more info and source: volvooceanrace.com|
|Volvo Ocean Race Leg 9: Lorient (green) to The Hague (yellow) to Gothenberg (red) - source: Google Maps|
|Map: Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Sunday, Lorient, France (more info and source - volvooceanrace.com)|
|In-Port Race Results - source: volvooceanrace.com|
|Volvo Ocean Race Overall Standings after 8 Legs - source: volvooceanrace.com|
|Team SCA just after crossing the Leg 8 finish line - source: volvooceanrace.com|
Volvo Ocean Race - Jun 10, 2015: Team SCA is still leading the fleet as we enter the final hours of Leg 8. With the race being so close, every move, every decision, is key.
|VOR fleet nearing Leg 8 Lorient finish on 10 Jun - source: volvooceanrace.com|
|VOR fleet nearing Lorient Leg 8 finish|
|VOR Leg 8, Lisbon to Lorient, Positions at: 9 June 18:44 UTC|
|Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 8 - Lisbon to Lorient - Positions at: 8 June 21:35 UTC above|
|Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 8 - Lisbon to Lorient, Positions at: 7 June 15:43 UTC source: volvooceanrace.com|
|Volvo Ocean Race, Lisbon Leg 8 Start (source: volvooceanrace.com)|
The first European leg takes you through the Bay of Biscay, which is always a sailing milestone. In the last edition, the boats went through one of their worst storms just before arriving in France so do not underestimate these 647 nautical miles. In 2015 the fleet will go straight and not around the Azores as we did in 2011-12. A very fast leg then? Not for the first miles, as they will have to beat upwind. The Spanish coast can steer things a bit with some thermal effects on the northwesterly winds. Then the Bay of Biscay is always interesting. It can be very windy if a good storm is coming from the North Atlantic; it can be very light if a low pressure just went across the Bay.
|Map of Lisbon In-Port Race course (source: volvooceanrace.com)|