Beware of the boom!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

31 October 2017

Beware of the boom!


Who knew that the most dangerous part of an offshore ocean racing leg would be AFTER the finish line?

Leg 01, Alicante to Lisbon arrivals. Volvo Ocean Race medics take a look at navigator Steve Hayles.

Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race



Leg 01 of the Volvo Ocean Race - Alicante to Lisbon arrivals. A happy team despite having an injury onboard.

Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race


Leg 01, Alicante to Lisbon arrivals. Skipper David Witt is more bothered about his navigator's injury than being interviewed.

Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race


Leg 01, Alicante to Lisbon arrivals. Skipper David Witt looks tired and exhausted after 6 days at sea.

Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race


Leg 01, Alicante to Lisbon, day 04, sunset onboard Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. Happy days.

Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race



Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag skipper David Witt had a whirlwind first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, featuring a last-minute transfer deal, an insane Alicante start, incredibly close racing and a bizarre finish in Lisbon... You can read all about it here

The most surprising part of the Leg was when his navigator Steve Hayles took a hit sailing into Lisbon in virtually no breeze after crossing the finish line. Here's what happened the team arrived in Lisbon after Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race...

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Beware of the boom | Volvo Ocean Race




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Editors' notes: the Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race is sailing’s iconic race around the world and the ultimate test of a team in professional sport. More than 2,000 sailors have taken part in 12 previous editions dating back to 1973, when the race began life as the Whitbread Round the World Race. The 2017-18 edition started from Alicante, Spain on 22 October and will finish in The Hague, Netherlands in June 2018. The race course covers 11 legs over 45,000 nautical miles – or more than 83,000 kilometres – and takes in 12 major cities on six continents.


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