Sailing teams depart Newport, setting out for 7th leg of global Volvo Ocean Race



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NEWPORT, Rhode Island — The six sailing teams in the Volvo Ocean Race have departed Newport heading for Lisbon, Portugal.

The boats in the around-the-world race set out Sunday afternoon in light 10-knot winds for the seventh leg of the global race. The teams arrived in Newport over a week ago from Itajai, Brazil.

The Spanish boat MAPFRE led the race fleet out of Newport after winning the in-port race Saturday on Narragansett Bay. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing holds a six-point lead overall ahead of Chinese boat Dongfeng Race Team.

Newport was the only North American stopover on this year's race, which ends in June in Goteborg, Sweden.

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