Stanley Yacht Services: Over 6,000 Miles Down; A Whole Bunch To Go VOLVO OCEAN RACE | Leg 1 Highlights [VIDEO]

Friday, November 14, 2014

Over 6,000 Miles Down; A Whole Bunch To Go
VOLVO OCEAN RACE | Leg 1 Highlights [VIDEO]

Over the span of almost a month, they sailed 6,487 nautical miles non-stop from Spain to South Africa, racing against the clock, the winds, the seas, and themselves. And, at last, the weary and weather-worn travelers docked. Here are some highlights from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race - Alicante to Cape Town.

With the longest leg of the race safely past stern, the seven valiant VOR teams enjoyed some well-deserved rest while their vessels were hauled out for inspection. With any necessary fine-tuning and repairs complete, the fierce competitors are now ready for Leg 2 - Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. Yesterday, the teams were given the all-clear by VOR security experts so they should be able to sail the entire course without undue interference from would-be ne'er-do-wells on the high seas.

All-clear from piracy threat

But, before they sail off, there's a bit of business to be taken care of - Saturday's In-Port race. With a windy weather forecast for the start at 2:00 p.m. in Cape Town (7:00 a.m. Eastern), it looks like we'll get to watch a thrilling go-round. The young American crew, Team Alvimedica, is hoping for an improvement on its fourth place finish in the practice run which took place earlier this week. So, early risers, want to see how the lads do? Tune in here to watch the live video stream.

Best of luck to all the salty sailors and may the winds be ever in your favor!
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