Images of Marstrand: Volvo OR Leg 9 gets off to a very fast start

For EDITORIAL USE only, please credit: Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael (BRA) at the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain, on 4 October 2008, it will, for the first time, take in Cochin, India, Singapore and Qingdao, China before finishing in St Petersburg, Russia for the first time in the history of the race. Spanning some 37,000 nautical miles,

Rick Tomlinson and Dave Kneale were on hand at the start of the Volvo Ocean Race and provided this gallery of images from the fast paced start of Leg 9.

PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) at the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm

PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read (USA) at the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm

Green Dragon, skippered by Ian Walker (GBR) at the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm

Green Dragon, skippered by Ian Walker (GBR) at the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm

Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael (BRA) at the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm

Telefonica Black, skippered by Fernando Echavarri (ESP) at the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm

The start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm

The start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm

The fleet departs the dock for the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm

Ericsson 3 leave the dock, prior to the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm

Crowds gatther prior to the start of leg 9 from Marstrand to Stockholm