Leg 3 Place Confirmed – South Africa to Western Australia
It’s official, I am now doing Leg 3 of the race in addition to Legs 1 and 2!!
Leg 3 takes the race from Capetown, South Africa, to a port in Western Australia via the Southern Ocean. The leg is a single race of approx 4,700 nautical miles and will take around 23 days to complete.
The route also includes the rounding of the Cape of Good Hope, another first for me, after which the yachts will drop down as fast as possible to the 40th parallel to pick up the roaring 40’s trade winds. Some of the most extreme sailing on the planet is to be found in the Southern Ocean.
Even though it will be spring in the southern hemisphere it will be proper chilly for the first time in the race as the wind blows directly from the Antartic ice.
The route will continue eastwards passing north of the lonely Kerguelen Islands and on to the inevitable cold “tinny” waiting for us in Western Australia. After 23 days at sea that will be a welcome reward.
So by the time I fly home at the end of Leg 3 I will have sailed 13,720 nautical miles, which for land lubbers is 15,789 (statute) miles. That’s more miles than I drive my car in a year!