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Leg 5
The Asia-Pacific Leg

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This marathon race gives crew the most variety. Sailing so far south to north and across the equator means that you’ll face the tropics with the heat and light winds associated, then approaching China you can expect below freexing conditions, up to 60mph headwinds and maybe even snow.

You will start in the the heat of the Southern Hemisphere summer up into the tropics and back across the Equator, a tricky routing challenge through the islands of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

The race can be broken down into three distinct sections. The first is the tough beat north into prevailing winds as you head up the Gold Coast, past the beauty of the Whitsunday Islands and the wildness of the Northern Territories. Section two involves crossing the Equator, with the challenges of the Doldrums and tropical temperatures, and sailing past the remote communities on Papua New Guinea and into the Pacific Ocean for real. As the race finally enters the South China Sea and takes advantage of the north east monsoon winds, the fleet will hoist spinnakers and charge towards a warm welcome in Asia.

After a relaxing stay soaking up the culture it’s back on board for a race of extremes. It starts in tropical heat and light headwinds and then, as you track north, the weather turns colder, the winds come from directly ahead and the sea state kicks up to deliver a real challenge. Thermals are added to the layers of clothing and snow might be even make an appearance as you route east of Taiwan into the East China Sea and point towards the Olympic sailing city of Qingdao.

If you watched the Against the Tide series you will get an idea of the scale of the greeting laid on for your heroic arrival and, wherever you go, autograph hunters will be keen to add your signature to their book. One of the coldest and toughest parts of the race, ends with possibly the warmest welcome.

Stats

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Leg 55
2 Races
0°C - 35°C
6,985mi / 11,241km
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A drag race sprint from start to finish line or a marathon tactical battle across the world’s largest oceans enduring weeks at sea; each of the 16 races provides a unique challenge to each and every crew member.

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A drag race sprint from start to finish line or a marathon tactical battle across the world’s largest oceans enduring weeks at sea; each of the 16 races provides a unique challenge to each and every crew member.

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Leg 1
5200 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Atlantic Ocean crossed
Aug - Sep 2017
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Leg 2
3400 miles
18 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
South Atlantic crossed
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Leg 3
4750 miles
23 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Southern Ocean crossed
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Leg 4
4328 miles
28 days at sea
2/3 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing as such - Indian/Southern and Pacific
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Leg 5
6300 miles
53 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
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Leg 6
5700 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
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Leg 7
5400 miles
38 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
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Leg 8
3350 miles
22 days at sea
2/3 races
4 ports
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Leg 1
5200 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Atlantic Ocean crossed
Aug - Sep 2017
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Leg 2
3400 miles
18 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
South Atlantic crossed
Oct - Oct 2017
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Leg 3
4750 miles
23 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
Southern Ocean crossed
Oct - Nov 2017
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Leg 4
4328 miles
28 days at sea
2/3 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing as such - Indian/Southern and Pacific
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018
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Leg 5
6300 miles
53 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
Jan - Feb 2018
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Leg 6
5700 miles
33 days at sea
1 race
2 ports
North Pacific crossed
Feb - Apr 2018
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Leg 7
5400 miles
38 days at sea
2 races
3 ports
No ocean crossing
Apr - Jun 2018
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Leg 8
3350 miles
22 days at sea
2/3 races
4 ports
North Atlantic crossed
Jun - Jul 2018
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