Leg one of the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race began on Saturday with the seven-boat fleet setting sail from Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
The seven teams are expected to spend roughly 24 days at sea and travel some 6,487 nautical miles before reaching the leg one finish line in Cape Town South Africa.
Before heading out into the Mediterranean Sea the fleet made its way around an inshore circuit giving sailors, families and the thousands of spectators the chance for one final wave of encouragement.
The teams will race through the Straits of Gibraltar and into the Atlantic Ocean, running far wide to the west near the South American coast before using the winds and currents to reach Cape Town.
It’s the first of nine legs in total.