SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Weekly recap 2
And then as the boats rounded the leaving mark and headed off to the south east, the process of settling into the first leg began…By sunset the fleet was heading south for the first night at sea.
As night fell Team Abu Dhabi, Mapfre and Team Vestas Wind were leading the move south but as a weather front passed over the fleet overnight it shut off the wind, shuffled the pack and Team Vestas Wind sailed closest to the Spanish coast which proved to be the fastest option and by daybreak the Danish team was in the lead.
Throughout the day the first full day at sea most of the fleet were within site of each other, scoping out the opposition, trying to stay in touch as the wind built from the west. And preparing themselves for the transit through the Straits of Gibraltar out into the North Atlantic. As night fell along the south coast of Spain Team Vestas Wind were holding onto the small but valuable lead.