Images of the Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet hits the tough stuff

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA, changing sails whilst crashing through waves in heavy weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.

Volvo Ocean Race photographer, Paul Todd, flew over the the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as they hit heavy weather at the start of Leg 5, exiting the Hauraki Gulf - and captured the return of Abu Dhabi to Auckland

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK in heavy weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 5 - Day 1

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA, crashing through waves in heavy weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 5 - Day 1

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from Australia, heading in to tough seas, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 5 - Day 1

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK take down their headsail after sustaining damage to the J4 bulkhead, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 5 - Day 1

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson from Australia, heading in to tough seas, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 5 - Day 1

Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain, changing sails in rough weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 5 - Day 1

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France in tough conditions, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.

Team Sanya, skippered by Mike Sanderson from New Zealand, in heavy weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 5 - Day 1

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK take down their headsail after sustaining damage to the J4 bulkhead, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 5 - Day 1

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker from the UK in heavy weather, at the start of leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race) - Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 5 - Day 1