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 Volvo Ocean Race, start of leg 7 from Auckland, NZ to Itajaí, Brazil.

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Volvo Ocean Race, start of leg 7 from Auckland, NZ to Itajaí, Brazil.

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Volvo Ocean Race, start of leg 7 from Auckland, NZ to Itajaí, Brazil.


It was a spectacular start to Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday afternoon.

The weather was fine and sunny, the wind was near 20 knots, and as they have for 10 stopovers, the Auckland fans took to the water by the thousands to farewell the fleet. Actually, during of the Auckland stopover over 500,000 fans came through the Race Village at the Viaduct Basin.

The Aucklanders gathered at foiling kite-boards, windsurfers, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, sailing dinghies, as well as hundreds of power and sail boats, along with the former Whitbread Round the World Race winner, Steinlager 2.

Peter Burling, who brought the America’s Cup to new Zealand last summer and now he is a member of team Brunnel said about this leg: “We’re going into one of the more gruelling legs of the race.” Americas Cup Team New Zealand ace Peter Burling - Helmsman and Trimmer in Team Brunel.

It was MAPFRE, the overall race leader, who made the best start to lead the fleet around a loop of the Waitemata Harbour and out into the Hauraki Gulf. They were chased by Dongfeng, Team Brunel and Turn the Tide on Plastic.


Team members of Veastas boarding before the race starts.

Team members of Veastas boarding before the race starts.




Team Brunel during the race.

Team Brunel during the race.




Scallywag and AkzoNobel team members boarding their boats before the race starts.

Scallywag and AkzoNobel team members boarding their boats before the race starts.




Teams MAPFRE,  Brunel and Dongfeng leads the Leg 7 starting stage.

Teams MAPFRE, Brunel and Dongfeng leads the Leg 7 starting stage.




Team Brunel started leg 7 as one of the leaders.

Team Brunel started leg 7 as one of the leaders.




Teams MAPFRE, started the best leg 7 in Auckland.

Teams MAPFRE, started the best leg 7 in Auckland.




Very crowded and busy area of Waitemata Harbour.

Very crowded and busy area of Waitemata Harbour.




Teams MAPFRE,  Brunel and Dongfeng, so close to collision!

Teams MAPFRE, Brunel and Dongfeng, so close to collision!




Fans watching the race from a sailing boat.

Fans watching the race from a sailing boat.




Leg 7 started!

Leg 7 started!




The Volvo Ocean 65 Race boat.

The Volvo Ocean 65 Race boat.




Team Brunel fromNetherlands.

Team Brunel fromNetherlands.






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Volvo Ocean Race, start of leg 7 from Auckland, NZ to Itajaí, Brazil.

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