Turbulent times in VOR

Squalls in the doldrums have kept competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race on edge over the past few days, with some making great gains and others losing ground. 

From BYM Sailing news:

 “It’s all about your route through the cloud minefield,” says Guy Salter from Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA) who is clinging onto first place.  “Often you just can’t avoid them [the clouds], and have to accept that, several miles away, your competitor is having an easier time of it,” Salter explained, as the team looks over its shoulders to see PUMA (Ken Read/USA) and Ericsson 3 (Magnus Olsson/SWE) 26 nm astern and gaining.

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