«zero stage of» Volvo Ocean Race has started

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The participants of the Volvo Ocean Race have set off on the first two-day voyage of the competition. «Seven crews will start from Alicante and sail to the island of Mallorca and back as part of» (Leg Zero).

The media point out that the race will not count towards the Volvo Ocean Race's overall standings and is a training event, but since the teams' competitive spirit is strong, it is sure to be spectacular.

Prior to this essentially training phase, all teams were required to undergo procedures to test their readiness. For example, to help a man fall overboard and fix broken equipment. Besides, a briefing session was held for yachtsmen.

Recall that seven teams are taking part in the 2014-2015 season of the regatta. Among them are Team SCA, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Dongfeng Race Team, Team Brunel, Team Alvimedica, Team Vestas Wind and Team Espana. All competitors will race on Volvo Ocean 65 type yachts. The start of the race is scheduled for 4 October.

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