Volvo Ocean Race set to start Sunday

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Dongfeng and Team Brunel battle during last weekend’s in-port race in Alicante, Spain.

Dongfeng and Team Brunel battle during last weekend’s in-port race in Alicante, Spain.

The Volvo Ocean Race gets underway on Sunday, with the first leg going from Alicante, Spain, to Lisbon, Portugal.

The race will head from Itajaí, Brazil, to Newport, R.I., April 22 during the eighth leg of the race.

Spain’s MAPFRE took first place in the first in-port event of the 2017-18 race this past weekend in Alicante, Spain, according to Trade Only sister publication Sail magazine.

A light-air warm-up, the event was a tactical one that ultimately saw MAPFRE beating the rest of the fleet by an impressive 90 seconds before crowds of adoring hometown fans.

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