Volvo Ocean Race

“The Volvo Ocean Race (formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race) is a yacht race around the world, held every three years.”

– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo_Ocean_Race

See also: http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html

There is a gallery of 23 photos below.  To view on imgur, click here.

It’s important that you understand that I know nothing about sailing, or boat racing!  It is a fine excuse to get out on the water, look at boats, photograph boats, and drink beer.  The remainder of what I understand is:

This year The Volvo crews paused for a mid-race break in Auckland New Zealand, and put on at least one exhibition race during their time here.

SCA is a team of girls, and apparently are allowed 2 extra crew for this reason.  They won the In-Port Race in Abu Dhabi back in January, and Saturday they won The New Zealand Herald In-Port Race in Auckland.
http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/news/8578_A-triumph-in-magenta.html

The next leg of the race is a tough one, crossing the southern ocean, and ending in Argentina.  The race was delayed by Pam, a category 5 cyclone that weakened considerably by the time it came near to New Zealand.  Racing will resume tomorrow.