Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 10 Underway

Dongfeng Race Team lead to Fastnet Rock

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet had a slow start to Leg 10 as a high-pressure system brought bright sunny skies and warm weather but very little breeze to Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.

With nearly no wind at the scheduled 15:00 UTC start time, the Race Committee pushed a short postponement to allow the tide to turn, so the strong tidal flow would assist in pushing the fleet out to sea.

The inshore portion of the race start was also cancelled in an effort to get the fleet out of the Bristol Channel before the tide turned again on Sunday evening and the boats would have to fight the current to clear the channel.

The Spanish team MAPFRE led across the starting line in a slow motion ballet, with Team Brunel, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, team AkzoNobel and Dongfeng Race Team alongside them.

Leg 10 is a 1,300 nautical mile sprint – at least it will be once the wind picks up – from Cardiff to Gothenburg, Sweden.

Leg 10 Positions as at 15:00 UTC on Monday 11 June:

1. Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking) -- distance to finish -- 1,052 nautical miles
2. MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández) + 1.3 nm
3. Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier) + 1.4 nm
4. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (Charlie Enright) + 2 nm
5. Turn The Tide on Plastic (Dee Caffari) + 2.2 nm
6. Team AkzoNobel (Simeon Tienpont) + 2.8 nm
7. Sun Hung Kai Scallywag (David Witt) + 50 nm

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