We just received the latest photos from the Volvo Ocean Race. These are from the start of Leg 4 in Sanya, China. All photos in this album were taken by PAUL TODD for the Volvo Ocean Race and are for editorial use only on www.DailyBoater.com.
Not long after these pictures were taken on Sunday, racing was cut short by race organizers as a safety precaution. They made the decision late Saturday night to hold only a 40-nautical mile sprint on Sunday morning, and keep the boats in Sanya overnight until Monday.
A weather system that includes winds over 40 knots and waves reaching 8 meters in height is forecast for the South China Sea on the route to Auckland early in the week. Delaying the race reduces the risk of boats hitting monsoon-like conditions. It is the first time in the 39-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race that the race has been suspended or delayed off-shore racing.
Now, for the pics...
Leg 4 start in Sanya China. Photos: PAUL TODD for the Volvo Ocean Race