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Volvo Fleet race together for first time

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are racing around the Isle of Wight in the first race of their Leg Zero series.Volvo class start -

Leg Zero not only takes care of the official qualifying for the Volvo Ocean Race – it’s also the first chance to see the teams in a competitive shakedown against each other.

No points will be carried forward to the race itself, but the overall Leg Zero winner still gets a confidence boost – and here, round-the-world Vendée Globe sailor Conrad Colman fills us in on how it might play out.

The seven boats started the intense 50-nautical mile sprint around the Isle of Wight this Wednesday morning in a strong Southerly, which could mean that the record for the course could be broken.

Ludde Ingvall's distinctive super maxi CQS started ahead of the Volvo fleet and the 98 foot boat will be chasing the record.

Latest News from the course:

Volvo boat TTTOP started with a reefed main and all seem to have reefed now as they hit the main force 5 to 6 southerly after the Needles . . .

MapFre is reported to be leading (hitting 20-24 knots) with Dongfeng second, as they pass Seaview . . .

MAPFRE wins ahead of Brunel and AkzoNobel . . . new monohull record time around the Isle of Wight is 3h 13m 11s

4th were Dongfeng, 5th TurnTidePlastic, 6th Vestas11thHour, 7th SHKScallywag.

Image VORScallywag and TTTOP Volvo class RTI - Click image for a larger image

Later in the week, the Volvo fleet (and the super maxi CQS) will take part in the Rolex Fastnet Race, the 605 nautical mile classic race from Cowes around the Fastnet Rock off the south west coast of Ireland, and back to finish in Plymouth.

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