MAPFRE, runners-up in Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race

MAPFRE, runners-up in Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race

Great sailing from the Spanish team, skippered by Basque sailor Xabi Fernández, who crossed the finish line in second place, 2 hours and 33 minutes behind the winners, after 6 days 4 hours 42 mins and 30 seconds of sailing from Alicante to Lisbon

MAPFRE leads the fleet, starting the Volvo Ocean Race

MAPFRE leads the fleet, starting the Volvo Ocean Race

Thousands of fans came out to follow the start of Leg One of the round-the-world race. 1450 miles lie ahead of the fleet between Alicante and Lisbon, in which MAPFRE will do everything in their power to have the best possible start to the Volvo Ocean Race

24 hours until the start: MAPFRE in race mode

24 hours until the start: MAPFRE in race mode

Sunday 22nd October sees the start of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. At 14:00h the seven teams will set off on the 1450 nautical miles from Alicante to Lisbon, competing for the first points at stake in the round-the-world race.