Stanley Yacht Services: "Pam" Has Sailors Stuck Super-cyclone Delays Start of Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5

Thursday, March 12, 2015

"Pam" Has Sailors Stuck
Super-cyclone Delays Start of Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5

Infrared satellite image of "Pam" | The Weather Channel
Recently upgraded to a category 5 - the highest possible rating - a super-cyclone dubbed "Pam" is currently bearing down on Vanuatu, packing maximum sustained winds estimated at 160 mph, according to the U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The storm is expected to cause widespread damage and local officials are warning residents of the possibility of tsunami-like storm surges.

Given the size and strength of the formidable system in the South Pacific Ocean, Volvo Ocean Race organizers have postponed the start of Leg 5 and the fleet's departure for Brazil.
“Safety first,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad today. “We’re making this decision now because we don’t know the exact track of this tropical cyclone yet. “It’s unusually big and essentially it’s blocking the road for our sailors, so it’s prudent seamanship from our side to leave them with options.”
Delayed Auckland departures
In the interim, In Port races will continue as planned this weekend.

As mariners, we all know our activities are weather dependent. Smart sailors know safe harbors. We hope for the best and that Pam passes by with minimal impact on those in her path.

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