1,800-mile Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is underway with five divisions, including five of the Volvo 65s that plan to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race next year- Team SCA, Team Alvimedica, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Dongfeng Race Team and the Spanish-flagged team.
The race began off Cowes with the fleet sailing to the east, followed by a turn north and up into the English channel. Then, its a straight shot, leaving Great Britain to port all the way to the northern tip of the Shetland Isles, past famous Muckle Flugga island and the most northern point of Great Britain, the smaller islet of Out Stack. The fleet then returns down the western side of the UK, past Ireland and back to where the race started. The faster classes are expected to finish in about seven days, while the smaller boats could be racing for up to two weeks.