Volvo Boats Begin Leg Four
Written by Cathy Siegismund
January 27, is the beginning of Leg Four of the
Volvo Ocean Race. Leg Four will take
the Volvo boats from Auckland, New Zealand to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It
is the longest leg and will likely be the toughest, as it covers the Southern
Ocean and rounds Cape Horn (the southern tip of South America); the name alone
can strike fear into the hearts of most sailors.
Live screen counting down to race time
Auckland again turned out in best form to say goodbye and good luck to the
Volvo Ocean racers. A number of us again, took the ferry over to the viaduct
basin to watch the preparations, and join the farewell festivities.
The viaduct was again packed, as it had been for the arrival of the Volvo
Auckland's viaduct basin is again packed watching the Volvo
boats prepare to leave
Volvo boats ready to leave, displaying their sponsor's flags
Team ASSA ABLOY's crew preparing to depart
ASSA ABLOY's fans seem more excited than the crew
Waiting for the rest of the crew
Arrival of the crew for team DJuice
Amer Sport Too, the all woman's team
Team Newscorp with their Bart Simpson mascot
After several hours of preparation and build up, the Volvo boats start to
motor out of the viaduct, heading for the start line.
ASSA ABLOY with two Kiwi flag bearers on the spreaders
SEB leaving and their fans giving them a send off
After the boats left the viaduct, our group and several thousands of other
people took off for the North Shore to stake out a good vantage point on one of
the hills to watch the start.
Nik, Jen, and Brian
Cath and Sue
The Volvo boats jostle for a good starting position accompanied by hundreds
of Kiwi boats in the Hauraki Gulf.
We felt very lucky to be in Auckland, when the Volvo Ocean Race boats made
their stop. We look forward to being in Auckland for the upcoming America's cup.