© Amalia Infante/Volvo Ocean Race – With their newly refitted boat and core team in place, Vestas 11th Hour Racing have set off on a transatlantic training leg from Lisbon, Portugal to Newport, Rhode Island. The east coast town of Newport is not only a Volvo Ocean Race Host City but also home to American sailors Charlie and the team’s co-title sponsor 11th Hour Racing.
“A lot of work has gone into this transatlantic crossing, so I’m pleased it’s finally time to leave,” said skipper Charlie Enright. “The Boatyard have done an incredible job with our Volvo Ocean 65 but it feels like it’s time to reclaim it and take it to do what it’s meant to do – race! We’re looking at a hard downwind crossing with cold weather but we’re so ready for this.”