Many sailors see this leg from Cape Town to Western Australia as one of the biggest challenges of the race.
Undoubtedly the conditions will be massively testing and crews must endeavour to stay in a channel between the light airs to the north and rapidly deteriorating weather conditions to the south.
Those who get it right will see exactly what the Clipper 70s are made of, surfing at more than 25 knots on swells that are bigger than buildings.
Here the crews must tread the fine line between pushing the boat as hard as they can and making sure they don’t damage their sails in the Southern Ocean’s punishing conditions.
At the start of this race, the crews will pass under the first of the world’s great capes, The Cape of Good Hope. At the end of the race they will pass under the second – Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia.