Brad Jackson, who was skipper of AkzoNobel, opted not to sail this leg after an arbitration hearing saw the team's sacking of previous skipper Simeon Tienpont for a breach of contract overturned.
Jackson, a three-time Volvo Ocean Race victor, and the trio were all believed to be considering their future plans.
The 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race introduces a new scoring system created to encourage strategic risk-taking and open up the fleet in an era of ultra-close One Design racing.
"This has obviously been an incredibly hard time for everyone involved since we arrived here in Alicante just 10 days ago", he said. "This edition is also special for us as we embark on a major Sustainability Program in partnership with the UN Environment Clean Seas campaign, to showcase our commitment to the health of oceans", said Jordi Neves, Chief Digital Officer, Volvo Ocean Race, in a statement. Rome Kirby (USA) has also decided not to sail.
"I would like to thank Brad Jackson for stepping up at such a challenging time to keep team AkzoNobel moving forward with our preparations for the race", he added. We are grateful to Sun Hung Kai Scallywag team owner Seng Huang Lee and skipper David Witt for loaning us Antonio Fontes for this first leg.
Police find body of toddler in water tank
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Amari is asked to call Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 1-904-630-0500 or 911. According to Dingee, around 7:15 p.m. a body was found inside a "water holding tank located underground inside the park".
For the Volvo Ocean Race, HCL's teams from around the world have come together and worked together to drive a digital experience for the millions of race followers.
The American-Danish yacht has a lead of two nautical miles about a sixth of the way into the 1450nm "sprint" leg from the Spanish port of Alicante to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.
Dongfeng, which has Kiwis Stu Bannatyne and Daryl Wislang on board, took an early lead.
Mapfre recovered well to chase Dongfeng, but Brunel fell back in the pack.
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