• A Quick Turn Around For Volvo Teams



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    Saint-Malo: Here We Come

    The fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s left Plymouth on Thursday for the third race of the Leg Zero qualifying series
    August 10, 2017

    The fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s left Plymouth on Thursday for the third race of the Leg Zero qualifying series – weaving their way through waves of tired/euphoric sailors from the smaller boats still on their way to the finish line in the Fastnet.



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    This race is the first time America's Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling will sail with Team Brunel.

    Joining Brunel puts Peter in competition with his Olympic and America’s Cup crew mate Blair Tuke who is sailing on MAPFRE, but also means that he joins Kyle Langford, wing trimmer for Oracle Team USA in the last Cup.



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    With the winner and loser of the America’s Cup on the same boat, there should be plenty to talk about during the next 45,000 miles…

    The latest challenge for the Volvo Ocean Race teams is a short sprint from Plymouth to St Malo, via a buoy next to the Needles, and everything points to another tight finish.

    For the first leg along the English coast back towards the Isle of Wight, the fleet will be sailing downwind in 10-15 knots before reaching across the English Channel where they'll arrive off the Normandy coastline in the early morning.

    The fleet will sail through a famous tidal acceleration zone called the Alderney Race that will accelerate the boats by up to 8 knots, so look out for record speeds in light winds. The Volvo Ocean Race might be an ocean race, but by Friday morning they'll be sailing down a river!

    This race is the first time America's Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling will sail with Team Brunel.

    Joining Brunel puts Peter in competition with his Olympic and America’s Cup crew mate Blair Tuke who is sailing on MAPFRE, but also means that he joins Kyle Langford, wing trimmer for Oracle Team USA in the last Cup.

    With the winner and loser of the America’s Cup on the same boat, there should be plenty to talk about during the next 45,000 miles…

    Follow Leg Zero Stage 3 on the Yellowbrick tracker here:

    Plymouth to Saint Malo tracker: http://yb.tl/vor_legzero2017b#
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