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Volvo Ocean 65s start R3 of Leg Zero qualifying series

The fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s left Plymouth on Thursday for the third race of the Leg Zero qualifying series.Fleet split - @ 14:00 hrs

The latest challenge for the Volvo Ocean Race teams is a short sprint from Plymouth to St Malo, via a buoy next to the Needles, and everything points to another tight finish.

For the first leg along the English coast back towards the Isle of Wight, the fleet will be sailing downwind in 10-15 knots before reaching across the English Channel where they'll arrive off the Normandy coastline in the early morning.

The fleet will sail through a famous tidal acceleration zone called the Alderney Race that will accelerate the boats by up to 8 knots, so look out for record speeds in light winds.

The Volvo Ocean Race might be an ocean race, but by Friday morning they'll be sailing down a river!

This race is also the first time America's Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling will sail with Team Brunel.

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