It’s back to the Southern Ocean for the virtual skippers of the Volvo Ocean Race game as the start of Leg 7 approaches – and it’s still not too late to enter.
At 7,600 nautical miles, the seventh stage is the longest in the 11-leg epic around the world – and arguably the most iconic. Lying in store for the fleet of more than 160,000 players vying for the top spot is not only the Southern Ocean, where waves can reach the size of tower blocks and storms are a daily occurrence, but also the mighty Cape Horn.
Feared and respected in equal measure, Cape Horn – on the southernmost tip of South America – enjoys an almost mythical status among mariners. It is the ultimate prize but can come at the ultimate cost – countless voyages have been brought to an abrupt end at the hands of Cape Horn.
As the Volvo Ocean Race teams do battle through some of the most inhospitable and remote waters known to man, the virtual skippers will be thankful they are competing from the comfort of their own homes.
With six challenging legs completed, France’s tamebird currently tops the overall leaderboard with Sweden’s Tessa94 in second and Sideshow, from Britain, in third.
The Volvo Ocean Race might be at its halfway point but with only a player’s six best legs counting, the winner of the official game is far from decided. Leg 7 starts from Auckland at 1400 local time (0100 UTC) on Sunday 18 March.
To join the game and be part of this classic ocean race go to https://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/game.html to register.