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Volvo Race - Sailing on a sunny afternoon

Extreme light weather means that the final stage of Leg Zero – departing Saint-Malo has been split into two parts - And Annie Lush has joined Team Brunel.

Leg 1 will see the fleet start from Saint-Malo at 11:00 UTC on Sunday. The boats will sail a 25nm leg towards Le Grand Lejon in the North West.

For the seasoned race veterans, this leg will be as close to a pleasant Sunday cruise as is possible in the Volvo Ocean Race.

A gentle 5-knot breeze from the north, coupled with a favourable current the whole way, means that there won't be any sail changes but the teams will still be fighting for every metre as their finishing order counts for the next leg.

Leg 2 will begin from Chaussé de Sein (on the other side of the Brittany coast) at 0900 UTC on Monday.

The boats will start individually based on the finishing delta from Leg 1. This means the positions at any time during Leg 2 will be the true order of the fleet.

Annie Lush - Click image for a larger image

Britain's Annie Lush will compete in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 as part of Team Brunel.

The British sailor is back and ready for her second consecutive Volvo Ocean Race following a campaign with Team SCA last edition – and her new skipper Bouwe Bekking is very pleased he could add this former Olympic sailor to his team.

Lush is the eighth selected sailor for Team Brunel in 2017-18 following the signings of Carlo Huisman (NED), Kyle Langford (AUS), Juanpa Marcos (ARG), Alberto Bolzan (ITA), Maciel Cicchetti (ARG), Peter Burling (NZL) and Annie Lush (GBR).

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