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Leg 7 start on Sunday. Newport, RI USA to Lisbon, Portugal

Newport, you’ve been grand. You’re mad about sailing, and your passion for the race is incredible. The sailors have thoroughly enjoyed a well-deserved American break.

But now it’s time for them to resume racing and head offshore.

The Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race just took place, and Leg 7 starts at 2:00pm local time on Sunday. That’s 1800 UTC, or 2000 central European time. The boats will go around an inshore course for about an hour before finally leaving Newport for Lisbon, Portugal.

If you’re one of the 192,000 skippers taking part in the Virtual Volvo Ocean Race, have you readied your boat for the departures yet? If not, don’t forget to visit the website and make sure that everything is in order!

If you’re lucky enough to be on site

Come down to the Race Village
Make your way down to the Race Village at Fort Adams to watch the racing from the shore. It’s an amazing view with the Pell Bridge to the right and the Clingstone House on the Rocks in the distance. Probably the best spot in town.

If you have a boat

Go take it out! Just make sure to stay within the limits indicated by our Race Management staff on the water.

If you’re not in Newport… but you’ve got Internet

Visit the live event page and sign up for alerts to receive updates, as they happen.

Or simply follow us here to Watch the Leg 7 start LIVE

Live coverage
The race will be streaming live on the Volvo Ocean Race website and app – in-depth coverage kicks off 15 minutes before the start gun, at 1:45pm local time, 1745 UTC. They’ll be tracking and recapping the action, and getting the first reactions from the boats as they head out and return to the dock. Make sure you tune in.

Live pictures and updates on social media
The talented team of VOR photographers and writers will send pictures and updates live from the racecourse for your viewing and reading pleasure.

Don’t miss out – follow the Volvo Ocean Race on FacebookTwitter and Instagram! They’ll be live streaming on Periscope, too. That’s a first, so make sure to check it out!