The start of the Leg to Lisbon, Portugal
On the way to Lisbon
Inport Race before leg start to Lisbon
To say this was everything I expected is an understatement. We had fun from the word go. Sailing people for the most part are very friendly and love to share their knowledge and experiences. There is so much to sailing that I do not know.
For those of you who are not that familiar with the race I will give you a little background. The Volvo Ocean is a yacht race that is held every 3 years and races across the globe with different ports of call. This race started in 1973 and was known as the Whitbread Round the World Race for its sponsor a British brewing company; this name was held until 2001 when Volvo took over the sponsorship.
The race usually starts in Europe and has several legs with several stops. There are also in-port races in these cities. This year’s race started in Alicante Spain on October 11, 2014 it takes about 9 months to complete the race. Some of the teams take 4 or 5 months and then start preparation for the next race.
This race is not for the faint at heart during the 2005-2006 saw a sailor loose his life as he was thrown overboard efforts to revive him failed.
Each of the yachts has a sailing team which consists of professional sailors who race day and night for more than 20 days at a time on some of the legs. They also have a shore crew who travels with them and I got to meet some of the shore crew but that will be a different blog.
I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did taking them!