Volvo Boston: light winds, little sun, rain and fog

The Volvo Ocean Race held its in-port race in Boston yesterday and the weather had a little bit of everything in store, except good wind. It started out cloudy and rainy, brought out the sun for about a half hour, most of it before the start, then switched to fog for the second race. The start of the first race was delayed for a half hour, but in the end the race committee sent the boats off on a very small and constrained course. The course had an interesting twist. The standard upwind/downwind course had a bottleneck gate in the middle through which the boats had to pass upwind and downwind, which forced them to mix it up. Not that they needed it, because there was plenty of yelling at the upwind mark. Telefonica Blue won both races and gained 4 points in the standings. The boats leave for leg 7 to Galway, Ireland on May 16. Light conditions and wind were not conducive to great photography, but here are my favorites.










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