Three of the four VELUX 5 OCEANS racers have now passed the westerly speed gate to start the Ocean Sprint Three timed run. The skipper who passes quickest between longitudes 135° west and 115° west, a passage of 880 nautical miles, will be rewarded bonus points at the end of the sprint.
Brad Van Liew was first to enter the timed run zone at 6:20pm UTC on Sunday, followed by Gutek at 3:49 a.m. Monday morning and Derek Hatfield two hours later at 5:45 a.m. Chris Stanmore-Major was just 170 nautical miles from the westerly speed gate on Monday morning.
Right in the center of the timed run, the skippers will pass Point Nemo, the most remote spot in the world, more than 2,000 nautical miles from land in every direction. Named after Captain Nemo, a character in Jules Verne’s book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Point Nemo is located at 48°S 52′ 31.748″, 123°W 23′ 33.069″.
Courtesy of www.velux5oceans.com.