Volvo Ocean Race. The 25 Best Pics of Leg 3

Day 12 on board AkzoNobel. Jules Salter takes a second of rest to soak in the rays.
Photo by James Blake/Volvo Ocean Race

by Richard Crockett

Before we look at these impressive pics from Leg 3, give a thought not only to the crew sailing the boats, but also to the OBRs (on board reporters) who take the pics and send them ashore for us to enjoy. Their job can be as taxing as those sailing the boat, and confines them below deck to their cramped quarters for long periods while they write reports, edit and send pics.

Leg 4 to Hong Kong has started and is described as “Technical, tricky, full of opportunity”.

This is a 6,000 nautical mile race north, up the east coast of Australia, with the navigational challenge of dodging islands as well as another doldrums crossing, before arriving in Hong Kong for the first time in the history of the race.

Surviving the Southern Ocean. 25 of the Best Pics
Here are 25 of the best pictures from Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race showing seven teams, 56 sailors and a 6,500 nautical mile race across the treacherous Southern Ocean.

Famous for freezing temperatures, giant waves and epic sailing conditions, the remote Southern Ocean is the heart and soul of the Volvo Ocean Race.

At times during this leg, the crews were closer to the International Space Station than to any population centre on earth, making sailing across this part of the world one of the last real human adventures.

With regular wipe-outs in relentless, boat-breaking conditions, Dongfeng Race Team Skipper Charles Caudrelier described it best: Leg 3 was the ‘toughest leg of his career’.

The race took a toll on the sailors both mentally and physically, but despite being cold, wet, and occasionally scared, for days on end, the Southern Ocean remains every offshore sailor’s ideal playground and we have the pictures to prove it.

For the 2017-18 edition, the Volvo Ocean Race has introduced up to three times more Southern Ocean sailing than in recent races – with the trans-ocean legs counting for double points.

Enjoy these awesome pics.

Windy and bumpy conditions at the beginning of this leg. Liu Xue, also known as ‘Black’ is lost in thought onboard Dongfeng Race Team.
Photo by Martin Keruzore/Volvo Ocean Race

Race legend Stu Bannatyne grinds though the waves onboard Dongfeng Race Team.
Photo by Martin Keruzore/Volvo Ocean Race

On board team AkzoNobel. Danish sailor Nicolai Sehested shows The wear and tear of offshore sailing.
Photo by James Blake/Volvo Ocean Race

On board Turn the Tide on Plastic. Beginning of the low pressure starts to take place, the wind picks up and Welsh sailor Bleddyn Mon dodges a massive wave sweeping over the deck.
Photo by Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race

On board Dongfeng. Rough sailing conditions close to the ice gate. Free ice shower for everybody on deck.
Photo by Martin Keruzore/Volvo Ocean Race

On board Brunel, the Onboard Reporter struggles to stay put during extreme conditions in the Southern Ocean.
Photo by Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race

Tamara Echegoyen, Louis Sinclair and Pablo Arrarte sailing through the chaos of the Southern Ocean onboard MAPFRE.
Photo by Jen Edney/Volvo Ocean Race

A classic capture of the Southern Ocean waves. Australian Tom Clout catching the next wave onboard Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag.
Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race

Never far from a sea shower on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag.
Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race

On board Turn the Tide on Plastic. Some of the sailor experience a rash on their neck due to the collar.
Photo by Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race

On board AkzoNobel. Nicolai Sehested- “Its probably been 4 days since I’ve had a proper sleep.”
Photo by James Blake/Volvo Ocean Race

On board MAPFRE. Spanish sailor Pablo Arrarte and kiwi sailor Blair Tuke fall asleep below deck from exhaustion.
Photo by Jen Edney/Volvo Ocean Race

On board Vestas 11th Hour. Australian sailor Tony Mutter proves he is as tough as nails.
Photo by Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean

On board Vestas 11th Hour. The relentless conditions of the Southern Ocean continue.
Photo by Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race.

Australian Luke Parkinson on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag peels the skin off his calloused hands.
Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race

On board AkzoNobel. Suncream is still needed down in the Southern Ocean, especially on a calm day like today with Alex Pella.
Photo by James Blake/Volvo Ocean Race

Xabi Fernandez and Willt Altadill on board MAPFRE.
Photo by Jen Edney/Volvo Ocean Race

Long watch over. Alex Gough on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag where Alex Gough discovers new levels of exhaustion.
Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race

On board AkzoNobel. Emily Nagel grabbing 40 winks. This seat seems to be a favourite for a quick nap.
Photo by James Blake/Volvo Ocean Race

On board Dongfeng. Kevin Escoffier also known as ‘Mr Fix-it’, waits for the manoeuvre to happen.
Photo by Martin Keruzore/Volvo Ocean Race

Alex Gough looking wet and tired after his watch on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag.
Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race

Luke Parkinson coming off watch on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. Notice how his hands are wrinkly from the salt water.
Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race

On board Turn the Tide on Plastic. Liz Wardley fixing Freddy’s eyes infection after 15 days at sea.
Photo by Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race

On board Dongfeng. Charles Caudrelier under pressure.
Photo by Martin Keruzore/Volvo Ocean Race