After a successful five days in Guangzhou, China, the crew are back in Hong Kong ready to start the 6,100 nautical mile Leg 6 to Auckland on Wednesday 7 February 2018. 

The forecast for start time at 1100 on Wednesday morning in Hong Kong is for a 12-15 Northeasterly wind, ideal conditions to get the fleet on their way to Auckland. But as the fleet gets into the leg, stronger winds are forecast over the first days.

“It’s always notorious this bit,” says Turn the Tide on Plastic skipper Dee Caffari. “I remember from the last edition when we left Sanya (China) we had similar upwind, strong conditions through the Luzon Strait. So it’s the same again this time."

“It’s also a bit deceiving as we almost sail away from New Zealand before we put the bow down and make that commitment and head down there. So psychologically it’s a hard leg as well.”

Stay tuned to see what the first 24 hours of racing will have in store for the crew.

- Dee Caffari, Skipper Turn the Tide on Plastic

How to follow Leg 6

Leg 6 begins at 1100 local time in Hong Kong (0300 UTC) on Wednesday 7 February 2018

  • Watch it on the website:
    Head to at 1100 local time in Hong Kong (0300 UTC) to catch a live stream of the action from the start line of Leg 6 to Auckland.
  • Check out Facebook Live:
    Volvo Ocean Race go live at 1100 local time in Hong Kong (0300 UTC) for the Leg 6 start – you can visit their page to schedule a reminder so you don't miss it.
  • Join Volvo Ocean Race on their live blog:
    They'll be blogging all the moves and news from the racetrack on their live blog, including the best of clips and social content, from 1100 local time in Hong Kong (0300 UTC). You can find it at
  • Make sure you follow Volvo Ocean Race on Twitter:
    They're at @volvoooceanrace... and they'll be live tweeting the action, as well as sharing the best content from the teams, stakeholders and fans on their feed.