Saturday, March 17, 2018

Volvo Ocean Race / Leg 7 - Auckland to Itajaí, start on Sunday 18 March

In a return to the roots of the event, Leg 7 is a 7,600 nautical mile race through the Southern Ocean, around Cape Horn and up to the finish in Brazil...

Credit : J Lecauday

It's been dubbed a return to the heritage of the Volvo Ocean Race - a true Southern Ocean classic.

Leg 7, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajaí, Brazil, is the longest of the race at 7,600 nautical miles. It's also the most valuable; a double-points scoring leg with an additional bonus point available for the first boat to round the iconic Cape Horn.

"It's the leg that from a distance you most look forward to," said Chris Nicholson, the watch captain on Leg 6 winner team AkzoNobel and a Southern Ocean veteran.

"And then as the day rapidly approaches, you start to remember how truly nasty it can be. It is an amazing leg in one of the most remote parts of the planet."

The Leg 7 start is at 14:00 local time (0100 UTC), with our broadcast beginning at 13:45 local time.

Watch it on the website: Head to to catch a live stream of the action from 13h45 local time (00h45 UTC).

From Volvo Ocean Race