The Volvo Ocean Race made a spectacular return to action on Saturday with overcast skies, fresh and oscillating winds for the Sanya Haitang Bay In-Port Race (starting 0600 UTC).
Flat seas and a breeze of around 20 knots combined in the protected waters of Sanya Bay to create ideal inshore racing conditions, in stark contrast to the battering that awaits the fleet in the early part of Leg 4 to Auckland, starting on Sunday.
The 50-minute inshore course took the teams past the race village before turning and heading back towards the start line. They then headed north to another turning mark before racing back.
With a record of two wins in three in-port races, all eyes were on Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing as the six teams commenced battle at 1400 local time.