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Two-Day delay to Auckland Re-Start

 

 

With cyclone Pam now upgraded to Category Five and its track towards New Zealand’s north-east uncertain, the Volvo Ocean Race organisers this morning announced Leg Five to Brazil will not start before Tuesday.

 

Knut Frostad the race CEO said prudence dictated the latest postponement. Previously, with the super storm intensifying, he said the start would be put off until Monday.

 

Pam, potentially the worst major storm in three or four decades, is currently expected to brush the East Coast with the worst effects in the Coromandel, East Cape and Gisborne.

 

A bonus for Auckland is the possibility of a second in-port race on Sunday. Affects from the approaching storm will ultimately decide if a Sunday race is possible, Frostad said.

 

The New Zealand Herald In-Port Race on Waitemata Harbour on Saturday will continue as planned and all the Village attractions will be open. Those who can’t get out on the water can watch on big screens in the Village.

 

It was business as usual today at the Volvo Ocean Race Village. On a sunny morning with light warm breezes TV1’s Breakfast Show broadcast live from the docks.

 

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