The 5th leg of the Volvo Ocean Race round-the-world yacht race started yesterday. They left Rio de Janeiro, Brazil headed for Baltimore, Maryland, USA – a distance of about 5000 nautical miles. They have a scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha off Brazil. Winds at the start yesterday were very light making for some exciting place changes. A GE Community member called ‘lucifer666’ has written a program for tracking the Race. You should download the Volvo Ocean Race file now and see the history of the previous four legs and watch the LIVE race in Google Earth (if you don’t re-download the file you will be missing the previous leg).
About Frank Taylor
Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.