Spectacular Start to Volvo Ocean Race 2008

Saturday saw the much anticipated start of the 10th Volvo Ocean Race The day was grey and very windy in Alicante, just as the forecasters had predicted, but his Majesty King Juan Carlos 1 of Spain and his two daughters who were on hand for the start.


Out on the water, conditions were wild. A strong north-easterly breeze of 25 – 30 knots meant a windy start for the fleet which had to sail a short lap of the Bay of Alicante before heading back round a turning mark and out to sea.

As the fleet headed off on this 6,500 nautical mile leg to Cape Town, the images of these powerful boats at speed were compelling indeed.