Volvo Ocean Race teams depart Newport for 7th leg
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) The six sailing teams in the Volvo Ocean Race have departed Newport heading for Lisbon, Portugal.
The boats in the around-the-world race set out Sunday afternoon in light 10-knot winds for the seventh leg of the global race. The teams arrived in Newport over a week ago from Itajai, Brazil.
The Spanish boat MAPFRE led the race fleet out of Newport after winning the in-port race Saturday on Narragansett Bay. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing holds a six-point lead overall ahead of Chinese boat Dongfeng Race Team.
Newport was the only North American stopover on this year's race, which ends in June in Goteborg, Sweden.