Volvo Ocean Race

Turn the Tide on Plastic. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier offshore race, an exceptional test of sailing prowess and human endeavour, which started over 37 years ago as the Whitbread Round the World Race.

Crews will experience life at the extreme as they race day and night for more than 20 days at a time, combating the harshest weather conditions the planet can offer.

The 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race promises to be one of the closest in the history of the event.

Dee Caffari MBE is competing in her second consecutive Volvo Ocean Race, skippering the ‘Turn the Tide on Plastics’ team (she competed on Team SCA in 2014-15). She’s the only female skipper in the race and the only skipper to choose a 50-50 male/female crew combination for her multinational team.

Dee Caffari. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

The team’s guiding mission is to amplify United Nations Environment’s ‘Clean Seas: Turn the Tide on Plastic’ campaign throughout the eight months of the race.

Her team, largely under 30, are not the most experienced.

Dee said: “Everyone talks about Turn the Tide on Plastic as inexperienced. A lot of my sailors are first timers but they are very skilled sailors and they can make a boat go fast. We just need to make sure we don’t make any mistakes, and that we sail to the right place.

“To step up and be a skipper for the first time in this arena is a huge responsibility and I’m probably more nervous about sitting next to these guys than being at sea.

“To create an opportunity for young sailors to sail in the Volvo Ocean Race and see them grow and blossom is a great privilege – as well as getting to spread a great sustainability message.”

The race started from Alicante, Spain on 22 October, 2017.

Leg 1 (Alicante to Lisbon) – Position Report – Thursday 26 October (Day 5) – 13:00 UTC

1. Vestas 11th Hour Racing — distance to finish – 572.0 nautical miles
2. MAPFRE + 12.2nm
3. team AkzoNobel +13.3
4. Dongfeng Race Team +22.9
5. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag +29.7
6. Team Brunel +32.7
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic +33.0

Less than 10 miles separate fourth from seventh place.