SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race
Leg 7 Start - The perfect send-off
- 1/3 of the points still up for grabs
- True Blood television star Ryan Kwanten, jumping guest onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
NEWPORT, Rhode Island, USA, May 17 – Spanish boat MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP), winners of the in-port race a day earlier, again found top gear fastest of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet on Sunday to lead the six boats out of Newport after a hugely successful stopover here.
The sailors now face an eight to 10-day Atlantic crossing to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon that will test their seamanship to the full.Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA), so determined to cut their six-point deficit to overall race leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR), were quickest out of the blocks and reached the first mark in a 100-metre plus lead.
But the in-port racing in Narragansett Bay is rarely straightforward and MAPFRE, buoyed by their Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race Newport win on Saturday, slipped ahead of them before emerging into the open seas.