Volvo Ocean Race- Images from Auckland - The Start

Last farewells as the fleet leave the Viaduct - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway from Auckland on Sunday afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water and followed the six strong fleet from the start to when the fleet exited the Waitemata and headed from Cape Horn.

Here is how he saw the day, beginning with the Start:

America’s Cup skipper Dean Barker chats with Camper skipper, Chris Nicholson before the start - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Telefonica heads for the RNZYS where it is standing room only for Camper fans - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Camper and Groupama launch off the start- Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Sanya gets her line for the start and takes off - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Four of the fleet get away from the start line, staying out of the flood tide - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Sanya leads into the fans - including some watching from mast top level - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Sanya leads and tcaks out of the wharves, with a big crowd behind her - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Overall race leader Telefonica is pursued by Camper after the first tack - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Camper pursued by Groupama out of the start - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Ken Read has a great view down the harbour from his stand on Puma - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012
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