VNR Slow start as Volvo Ocean Race fleet drifts into Leg 10 to Gothenburg




10 Jun 2018


Cardiff, United Kingdom



The Volvo Ocean Race fleet had a slow start to Leg 10 as a high-pressure system brought bright sunny skies and warm weather, but very little wind to Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.

With nearly no wind at start time, the Race Committee had a short postponement to allow the tide to turn, so that it would push the fleet out to sea. The inshore portion of the race start was also cancelled, in an effort to get the fleet out of the Bristol Channel before the tide turned and pushed them back towards Cardiff.

MAPFRE led the fleet across the starting line, with Team Brunel, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, team AkzoNobel and Dongfeng Race Team alongside them.

Both SHK/Scallywag and Turn the Tide on Plastic found themselves early to the start line with the current pushing them towards it. As they manoeuvred to get room at the start line, Scallywag was penalised for not keeping clear of Turn the Tide on Plastic and needed to offload a penalty turn.

Leg 10 is a 1,300 nautical mile sprint – once the wind picks up – from Cardiff to Gothenburg, Sweden.
00:00 Aerials of the race village
00:08 IV in English with the Prime Minister of Wales, Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM
00:44 Wales and Sweden flags exchange ceremony
00:50 Sailors parade, Vestas 11th Hour Racing
00:54 MAPFRE fans
01:00 Sailors parade, team AkzoNobel
01:06 IV in English with Bleddyn Mon of Turn the Tide on Plastic
01:22 Turn the Tide on Plastic docking out, fans
01:38 MAPFRE docking out
01:44 Route animation
02:00 Fleet crossing the start line and sailing in very light wind
02:46 ENDS
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