• 04-JUN-2015

  • Lisbon, Portugal

Leg 8 Route animation and overall presentation

Leg start: June 07, 2015, 13:00 UTC / 14:00 local

Race meteorologist Gonzalo Infante:

The first European leg takes you through the Bay of Biscay, which is always a sailing milestone. In the last edition, the boats went through one of their worst storms just before arriving in France so do not underestimate these 647 nautical miles.

In 2015 the fleet will go straight and not around the Azores as we did in 2011-12. A very fast leg then? Not for the first miles, as they will have to beat upwind. The Spanish coast can steer things a bit with some thermal effects on the northwesterly winds. Then the Bay of Biscay is always interesting.

It can be very windy if a good storm is coming from the North Atlantic; it can be very light if a low pressure just went across the Bay.


  • Marie Laurens
    Volvo Ocean Race News Distribution Manager