IRONIC MISHAP FOR "TURN THE TIDE ON PLASTIC"
DEE IN THE LEAD
The latest update from the VOR Live Tracker has the TTOP team in the lead.
FEELING DEE STRAIN
NOT ONE, BUT TWO OF 'EM!
SHE'S GOT THE WIND BEHIND HER
SCALLYWAG IN DEE'S SIGHTS
CLOSE BATTLE IN THE MIDDLE
THAT FRIDAY FEELING
SCRAP ON THE SEAS
LATEST RACE POSITIONSAnd meanwhile overnight the Turn the Tide on Plastic crew have slipped back into fourth position but are involved in a right good battle with Scallywag. There's less than a mile between the two teams as they turn away from South America and head towards Cape Town.
A reminder of what this race is all about for skipper Dee Caffari and her Turn the Tide on Plastic crew
COMEBACK QUEEN CAFFARI
After trailing in seventh for much of the race, Turn the Tide on Plastic sit second in leg 2.
Skipper Dee Caffari gives us an insight into the demands of life on board.
ALBATROSS IS BOSS
ABOUT THE BUOY
SPEAKING OF BUOYS
Volvo Ocean Race boats are doing more than just racing around the planet – they’re facilitating the collection of valuable scientific data which will be used by experts around the planet to better understand the oceans and what’s happening in some of the world’s most isolated places.
The U.S-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses free-floating buoys, known as ‘drifters’, which are dropped in specific locations to collect ocean and weather data.
These floating sensors are equipped with satellite communications equipment to transmit information on ocean composition and currents.
All seven of the Volvo Ocean Race teams deployed a drifter at 3°N of the Equator on Leg 2 and will continue to do so at specific places along the remainder of the route, with a specific focus on the mysterious Southern Ocean – a critically important region oceanographers don't get to visit regularly.
BOY YOU TURN ME
STILL MAKING WAVES
'WE FEEL ALIVE'
MAKING A SPLASH
DEE EXPECTS TOUGH LEG FINISH In Dee Caffari’s latest blog for Sky, the Turn the Tide on Plastic skipper is forecasting a frantic finish to leg 2 with sailing conditions expected to become more challenging on the approach to Cape Town.
Read Dee's blog here.
THEY'LL MAKE IT I SWEAR
WATCH: ROOKIES CROSS EQUATOR
See how sailors crossing the Equator for the very first time during the Volvo Ocean Race are initiated!
LEG 2 WEEK IN REVIEW
LAUNCHED AND LOVING IT
FEELING HOT HOT HOT
Slightly interrupted by the delay but you get the idea. All friendly competition....for now!
HOW FAR WEST?
For non-sailors it seems incredible that the crews have to sail across the Atlantic, almost to the South American coast, to get from Lisbon to Cape Town in the fastest possible time!
SPECTACULAR DRONE IMAGES
SO...MIDDLE OF NOWHERE YEAH?
KING NEPTUNE'S MEGA MIX
MORE SACRIFICIAL LAMBS FOR THE KING!
NO NEPTUNE JUST YET...WATCH THIS FIRST, IT'S THE IMPORTANT BIT!
NOT LONG NOW....
WHAT HAS KING NEPTUNE GOT IN STORE FOR TURN THE TIDE ON PLASTIC'S NEWBIES? STAY TUNED.
AT LEAST THEY CAN HAVE A NICE HOT BATH AFTER...OH WAIT
CROSSING THE EQUATOR - THIS IS KING NEPTUNE'S MANOR NOW!
Here's the latest blog post from Turn the Tide on Plastic skipper Dee Caffari:
So we have reached the doldrums and
have been negotiating clouds, thunder, lightning and rain for the past 24
hours. But I would like to say in a stage whisper, that I think we may have
done well and soon be out of them - although we never want to tempt fate.
The cloud activity ahead on the satellite picture has
reduced, making us think we are through the worst of it. As doldrums go, this
has been pretty painless. We have managed to keep hold of some breeze the whole
time and for most of it we have been able to sail in the right direction.
What has surprised me is the amount of time we have had to
sail in our foul weather gear. It has either been water over the deck from the
speed and waves, or downpours of rain, which can also be good for showers as
the temperature is hot.
Air temperature is about 28 degrees and the sea temperature
is at 27 degrees.
We are focused on the competition who are sadly still ahead, but by less than
before and our closest foe is Scallywag.
There is still a long way to go and a lot can
happen, we just need to tick the others off one at a time.
Life on board has fallen into a routine of sailing, eating and sleeping. Being
woken up for cloud activity happens often, so no one is getting good rest and
with the temperatures rising it is hot, damn hot!
Activity makes you hot and sweaty and down below there is no
air circulating. We have been at sea for a week now and most people have
changed their underwear, it feels like a small treat.
Little things in life matter when you are at sea for three
weeks at a time!
For team members Frederico and Annalise this is now the
longest time they have spent at sea in one go before. They have adapted well
and are enjoying it, although they are still learning about how to live at sea
in a small environment and look after your kit and yourself.
Liz is watch buddies with Freddy and I can hear her explain
things to him so he understands how to stay dry or when and how to shower when
the rain comes and also what to wear in the varying conditions we are
The irony for Freddy and Annalise is how the watches have
worked out. For two hours Freddy is with all the girls and for two hours
Annalise is with all the boys. There is lots of banter and everyone is giving
as good as they get.
Next stop is the equator and the time when the Pollywogs meet King Neptune!
IT'S NOT ALL PLAIN SAILING...
ON A MISSION
BORED OR TIRED ON BOARD?
WHO NEEDS SLEEP?
RACE UPDATEThere’s compression at the front of the fleet, after a tricky night in the Doldrums on Leg 2, according to the report on the official website. The front five boats have been sailing under a large cloud mass for most of the night, which has given some speed boosts of up to 16 knots.
So what about Turn the Tide on Plastic?.............24 hours ago they were over 100nm behind the leaders but have cut that deficit to under 50nm by taking an eastern course. Dee Caffari’s team opted to stick closer to the African coast, and the conditions have been much more sailable than those experienced by their rivals. They are within 2nm of Scallywag, and at the position report, were sailing 3 knots faster than the Hong Kong campaign. C'mon!
FLYING HIGHIt's all go on board the Turn the Tide on Plastic.
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