07 June 2015

Volvo Ocean Race, Lisbon In-Port Race Video, Leg 8 Start Sunday

Saturday's Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race from Lisbon, Portugal--Live Recording video above

Volvo Ocean Race, Lisbon Leg 8 Start (source: volvooceanrace.com)

Volvo Ocean Race, Lisbon Leg 8 Start, Sunday, June 7th at 14:00 local (13:00 UTC), Lisbon, Portugal--Leg 8 - Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France  647 nautical miles
Estimated arrival in Lorient of the boats:  from June 9 to 12, 2015, depending on conditions--Volvo Ocean Race meteorologist Gonzalo Infante:
The first European leg takes you through the Bay of Biscay, which is always a sailing milestone. In the last edition, the boats went through one of their worst storms just before arriving in France so do not underestimate these 647 nautical miles. In 2015 the fleet will go straight and not around the Azores as we did in 2011-12. A very fast leg then? Not for the first miles, as they will have to beat upwind. The Spanish coast can steer things a bit with some thermal effects on the northwesterly winds. Then the Bay of Biscay is always interesting. It can be very windy if a good storm is coming from the North Atlantic; it can be very light if a low pressure just went across the Bay.

Google says it would take 324 hours to walk from Lisbon to Lorient--how long will it take the Volvo Ocean Race fleet to get there?

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