In theory its from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi but because of pirates its actually sailing to [CENSORED] at which point the boats will be put on a ship and ferried through the danger zone before being dropped off at [CENSORED] for a final sprint.
But as we haven't been told which "safe haven port" is the destination we have no idea who is in the lead or what routing tactics should be used. To further hide from us what is going on, we don't have distance to finish, though we do have some basic (lat, longs) and DTLs.
Ah-ha captain, this be solvable, this be. Yeh be a problem with two unknowns and five pieces of
eight information, it be!
So I did wonder if the destination location it could be reverse engineered from parameters available and had a quick hack with C++:
But if the organisers are so worried about security then surely they'd have thought of this reverse engineering trick and put in some randomisation to throw the calculations off the sense. Therefore the DTLs are either a security risk or meaningless.
So instead of a sailing competition this has turned into a game of bluff and code-cracking, not what the Volvo should be about.
More James Bond than Peter Blake, alas.
Updated: working from the (lat, longs) and DTLs tonight (Sunday 18th) we have a new destination, namely the Maldives as per this Google Earth map: