• 19-APR-2015

Comedian and journalist Dom Joly made a real splash during Leg 6 start in Brazil

ITAJAÍ, Brazil, April 19 – Comedian and journalist Dom Joly made a real splash in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday, impressing spectators in Brazil with a flying leap off a racing yacht.

Briton Joly was invited to join other international celebrity guests onboard boats in the six-strong fleet for the start of the sixth leg, from Itajaí to Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

As the fleet headed out of harbour, the guests all jumped off the vessels. Joly shone with a flying leap off race leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's boat, skippered by his compatriot, Ian Walker.

Earlier, Joly said he was a dab hand at diving after being trained in the sport by Britain's Olympic medallist, Tom Daly, for TV show Splash!

The daredevil Joly earlier climbed the 30-metre (100-foot) mast of the racing boat for a special 'selfie' pic before it set out to sea.

The Volvo Ocean Race started last October from Alicante, Spain and is currently in its sixth leg. It will visit 11 ports in total and cover 38,739 miles before finishing in Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 27.

The boats are expected to take around 17-20 days to reach Newport, the seventh port to host the race.

No British sailor has won the 41-year-old race, which was originally launched in Portsmouth as the Whitbread Round the World Race.


  • Marie Laurens
    Volvo Ocean Race News Distribution Manager