- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - The competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race have departed Newport heading for Lisbon, Portugal.

The six sailing teams in the four-ocean, 45,000-mile 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.

Newport was the only North American stopover on this year’s race. The stopover was hosted by public sailing center Sail Newport and tourism center Discover Newport.

The race got underway in October when the teams left Alicante, Spain. A seventh team was forced to suspend racing after its boat smashed into a reef in November.

The race ends in June in Gothenburg, Sweden.


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