|Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race|
This follows a meeting of the organisers with the six teams' skippers, navigators and weather experts in Auckland.
This leg of the round-the-world Race was supposed to have started last Sunday as initially planned. However, the cyclone is still a very severe system near New Zealand and most of the routes on this leg will take the boats very close to that cyclone for a substantially long period of time. This cyclone has killed many people and created a total disaster in some islands that the boats raced through north of New Zealand.
This leg is a 6,776 nautical mile stage across the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn.