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Images of the Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet hits the tough stuff

'PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA, changing sails whilst crashing through waves in heavy weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.'    Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

Volvo Ocean Race photographer, Paul Todd, flew over the the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as they hit heavy weather at the start of Leg 5, exiting the Hauraki Gulf - and captured the return of Abu Dhabi to Auckland

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK in heavy weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA, crashing through waves in heavy weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from Australia, heading in to tough seas, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK take down their headsail after sustaining damage to the J4 bulkhead, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, heading in to tough seas, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain, changing sails in rough weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France in tough conditions, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

Team Sanya, skippered by Mike Sanderson from New Zealand, in heavy weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK take down their headsail after sustaining damage to the J4 bulkhead, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK in heavy weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. -  Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©   Click Here to view large photo


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