Yesterday 2nd August was the first battle of the VolvoOceanRace 2017-18 Boast with a first part of 'Leg Zero' ; a none counting but qualifying race for the fleet.
It was a race Around the Isle of Wight.
see the Video impression
The Race benefited from a strong SW wind with gusts of 40 kts, so it was a fast race to start with and a good view on how the Boats and Teams will perform in the Southern Ocean waters. The first 4 Boats all broke the previous record for sailing around the Isle.
The results saw some Boats from the previous VOR on the top of the Podium.
1. Desafio Mapfre
2. Team Brunel
3. Team AkzoNobel
4. Dongfeng Race Team
5. Turn the Tide on Plastic
6. Vestas 11th Hour Racing
7. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag
I hear the sailors enjoyed it, and the skippers have made good observations of things that can be improved.
Next test is the Rolex Fastnet Rock race starting on Sunday 6th August.