Tropical storms in the Indian Ocean threatened to make the going very tough for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet for the second leg of the round the world yacht race.
So much so organizers made a late call to place an exclusion zone leading up to the Seychelles in an attempt to steer the seven boats clear of trouble.
Boats that stray into this zone will lose race points.
The 6,125 nautical-mile second leg began on Wednesday with the fleet making it’s way from Cape town in South Africa to Abu Dhabi.
Favourite to cross the line first for this trip is Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Azzam, who won the first leg and the in-port race in Cape Town this week.
The leading boats are expected to arrive around December 9 with an in-port race scheduled for January 2.