Volvo Ocean Race Leaves Newport, Starts Up Seventh Leg Headed For Portugal
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – The six sailing teams in the Volvo Ocean Race have departed Newport heading for Lisbon, Portugal.
The boats in the around-the-world race set out Sunday afternoon in light 10-knot winds for the seventh leg of the global race. The teams arrived in Newport over a week ago from Itajai, Brazil.
The Spanish boat MAPFRE led the race fleet out of Newport after winning the in-port race Saturday on Narragansett Bay. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing holds a six-point lead overall ahead of Chinese boat Dongfeng Race Team.
Newport was the only North American stopover on this year’s race, which ends in June in Goteborg, Sweden.