Once free of the Agulhas Current, life didn’t get any easier. Typically, when a fleet makes a large, one side wins and one side loses. For the Volvo fleet, though, this never happened, because the entire fleet sailed into a slow-moving low-pressure front that blocked everyone from the opportunity to enjoy trade-wind sailing to the north. “Sailing events are forever labeling themselves the ‘F1 of sailing,'" says Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker. "But Volvo has taken it a step further by introducing the marine equivalent of the safety car. A cold front extending north-south across the fleet containing rain, little wind, and a 180-degree wind shift is moving slowly east at about 12 knots. Sadly this means that we sail into it at 20 knots, the wind dies, we stop until the front moves forward, and we regain the wind from the old direction. All the time this is happening, those boats behind pile into the back of us whilst we are held up by the ‘weather safety car’…The only real question for navigators and skippers is where to position yourself on the north/south axis in the line up behind the ‘safety car’. If you can get through it fast, then north should be good. If it takes longer, then south could be stronger."