A British-born meteorologist, Libby has worked as the meteorologist for the British sailing team across junior and Olympic levels. She is also a freelance weather forecaster working for sailing, surf, kite-surf, bike and car rally events. She has sailed most of her life and competed in the Youth Worlds and 470 class before moving onto bigger boats and match racing.
The B&G Volvo Ocean Race Blog
For the 2017-18 race, Libby Greenhalgh will be providing exclusive insight into the VOR action.
Libby Greenhalgh looks at Leg 3 so far and at the conditions the teams will face in the rest of the 'big leg'
Libby previews the key decisions the teams will have to make as they head into the real Southern Ocean
Leg 2 finished in under 20 days for the leading bunch: any quicker and Cape Town wouldn’t have been open! The fast start out of Lisbon and a doldrums without much to speak of made for a quick arrival in Cape Town and definitely some happy extra days of rest.
The gybe, the 'mile loser' and the final throes of Leg 2: Libby Greenhalgh takes a look at the Volvo Ocean Race fleet's chances as they gybe towards Cape Town
Leg 1 - Alicante to Lisbon and the podium goes to : Vestas 11th Hour. They showed solid speed throughout the Leg and good decision making ensuring they led the gybes early on and believed in the their decisions and it paid off to give them a tidy lead. Ready Libby's wrap up of Leg 1 here.
After the boats have done the inshore lap of sausage triangle for the spectators of Alicante the teams will be locking into offshore mode sailing and boat speed, as they set off in 13-16 KT NE . Breaking the Leg down in to three parts we can see where there might be potential splits and focal points in the race.
As the teams rest for 24hours we look ahead to the final part of Leg 0 from St Malo to Lisbon. The parts of Leg 0 so far have provided a number of different aspects from a short world record breaking lap of the Isle of Wight to some incredibly intense and close longer distance races. St Malo to Lisbon steps up again with just over 800 nm.
Just 56 seconds separated the first two Volvo Ocean Race boats in the Rolex Fastnet Race so every little gain that can be made counts as Leg 0 continues. Libby takes a look at what points in the race could determine the winners and losers.
The next part is the Fastnet Race. The first initial opportunity for the boats to race against each other offshore, but it is still a sprint for these boats and incredibly coastal. At 608nm the Fastnet will be a good representation of how the Volvo Ocean Race will start and end with the shorter legs between Alicante-Lisbon, Cardiff-Gothenburg and Gothenburg- The Hague.
As Cowes Week progresses on, Wednesday looks set to be BIG. The wind continues to build and the more recent warm and really not British summer weather has been replaced by more typical conditions. This will no doubt see a war of attrition amongst the Cowes Week sailors, but it is also the first time the Volvo Ocean Race boats line up against each other; the Solent is a challenging enough race area but the forecasted weather is set to make it even more challenging.
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