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Leg 7
The USA Coast-to-Coast Leg

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Leg 7 begins under the eyes of the American media as Race 10 heads back out into the vast Pacific Ocean. While California and the Baja slip by to port, the talk will be of tactics; inshore or offshore? The inshore current can give a decent ride but, with the land close by, fickle winds affected by night and day temperature can provide an unpredictable breeze. Further offshore, the current can’t help you but more consistent winds can. A poor tactical decision could cost you the race, even at this early stage.

Whatever the decision, the charge south will be a swift one, to begin with. To make life more difficult, the further south you go, the more fluky the breeze gets. Central America typically brings high temperatures and light winds. This is a real test of yacht racing skill. Patiently and constantly trimming your sails to find an extra quarter knot of boat speed will certainly mean the difference between first and last. You wont be able to switch off for a moment. Ocean racing is like a lengthy game of chess and often the final results only become clear on the last couple of days. With boats sometimes finishing within a few minutes of each other, it’s never over ‘til it’s over. Then from the finish line off Panama City, stand by for one of the engineering wonders of the world: the Panama Canal.

You rise through the locks on the Pacific side up to Gatun freshwater lake, fed from the surrounding rain forests. Then it’s down the locks on the other side and the waters of the Atlantic welcome the race fleet again. It really does feel like coming home. Back in Atlantic.

The next race takes your north through the blue water sailing playground of the Caribbean. Stand by for tropical heat, trade winds and squalls. You can expect the challenges to come from every point of the compass all the way up to New York. As you draw closer, don’t be surprised if thunderstorms make a regular appearance over the horizon. But, as you sail past the Statue of Liberty and moor close to Ground Zero, you will probably be the only people in the city who have arrive from the west coast by sea. The city never sleeps, and you definitely wont. You’ve got some serious celebrating to do after taking on such a tough mental and physical challenge.

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Leg 77
2 Races
15°C - 32°C
7,115mi / 11,450km
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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.

Seattle, USA
Panama
New York, USA
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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
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
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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
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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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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