• 17-OCT-2014

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race Weekly recap 2

The dockside below the Santa Barbara Castle was crowded with supporters and spectators as the the Alicante Race Village became the focus for the start of the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race which started on Saturday from Spain. Seven teams paraded through nearly 50,000 spectators before saying goodbye to family and friends in an emotional departure on Leg 1 of the race – 6,400 miles from Alicante to Cape Town. This first stage of nine legs will take the fleet more than three weeks.At 1400 local time the starting canon fired and the seven boat fleet set sail on an opening lap of the Bay of Alicante, racing neck and neck grand prix style for the first hour of the race surrounded by an armada of supporters in all types of craft from super yachts to ferries and small sailing boats.

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.

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