Lisbon, Portugal (June 7, 2015; Day 1) – Overall Volvo Ocean Race leaders, Ian Walker (GBR) and his seven Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crewmates, left Lisbon for Leg 8 to Lorient, France, on Sunday with their eyes glued on the weather forecast – and the progress of their two closest rivals.
The penultimate 647-nautical mile (nm) stage is the shortest of the nine-month race by some way, but no less challenging for that.
“There are light winds chasing up the Portuguese coast,” noted Walker, “but by the time we get to Cape Finisterre, it should be a dead beat to Lorient (France), and probably quite windy, over 30 knots. It’ll be interesting as we haven’t had a lot o…
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