Volvo Ocean Race 2017 Live Stream

Posted On October 30, 2017 at 5:33 am by / No Comments

Chinese team Dongfeng took an early lead on the opening day of the Volvo Ocean race as the seven crews started the first leg from Alicante to Lisbon.

In bright sunshine, the 45,000 nautical mile around-the-world race got under way and there was drama from the off.

On the approach to the final turning mark, both Team Brunel and Mapfre were penalised for being too close to Dongfeng, who had the right of way.

Spanish team Mapfre now sit second, with Vestas 11th Hour in third.

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Before racing started, team AkzoNobel submitted their final crew list hours ahead of the start time after a testing week for the crew.

Last week it was announced that original skipper Simeon Tienpont had left the team and had been replaced by watch captain Brad Jackson.

But on Friday evening, Tienpont won an arbitration judgement allowing him to return to the team to lead a newly constituted squad.

The teams

Boat Country Skipper (nationality)
AkzoNobel Netherlands TBC
Dongfeng China Charles Caudrelier (Fra)
Mapfre Spain Xabi Fernandez (Spa)
Vestas 11th Hour USA/Denmark Charlie Enright (US)
Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag Hong Kong David Witt (Aus)
Turn The Tide On Plastic United Nations Dee Caffari (GB)
Brunel Netherlands Bouwe Bekking (Ned)

The route

Volvo Ocean race route
The race is more than 45,000 nautical miles long and will take the seven crews around nine months to complete
Leg Start date Route Distance (NMs) Scoring
1 22 Oct Alicante-Lisbon 700 8-6-5-4-3-2-1
2 5 Nov Lisbon-Cape Town 7,000 8-6-5-4-3-2-1
3 10 Dec Cape Town-Melbourne 6,500 15-12-10-8-6-4-2
4 2 Jan Melbourne-Hong Kong 6,000 8-6-5-4-3-2-1
5 1 Feb Hong Kong-Guangzhou 100 1pt for completing stage
6 7 Feb Hong Kong-Auckland 6,100 8-6-5-4-3-2-1
7 18 Mar Auckland-Itajai 7,600 15-12-10-8-6-4-2*
8 22 Apr Itajai-Newport (USA) 5,700 8-6-5-4-3-2-1
9 20 May Newport (USA)-Cardiff 3,300 15-12-10-8-6-4-2
10 10 Jun Cardiff-Gothenburg 1,300 8-6-5-4-3-2-1
11 21 Jun Gothenburg-The Hague 700 8-6-5-4-3-2-1

* The first boat to round Cape Horn on this leg wins an extra point.

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