Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Auckland - The First Beat

Puma crosses behind Team Sanya heading down the Waitemata for the first time - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race got underway from Auckland on Sunday afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water and followed the six strong fleet from the start to when the fleet exited the Waitemata and headed from Cape Horn.

Here is how he saw the day, after the Start there was the Beat down the Waitemata, past the Wharves on the south side, and past the Naval Base and Devonport on the North Shore, to the rounding mark off North Head. All vantage points were packed with fans despite the strong winds, overcast skies and occasional rain.

Team Sanya led from the start and showed the racers beating down the Harbour, staying out of the flood tide

Groupama’s crew work hard to keep an edge on the boats stacked to windward - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Abu Dhabi puts a tack into the Naval Base on Auckland’s North Shore - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Team Sanya at the entrance to the Waitemata, with the crowds watching from North Head - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Team Sanya lines up for the first mark - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

A big moment for Team Sanya has she lead the fleet around the first mark - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Team Sanya is first around and head down the harbour to the next turning mark - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Abu Dhabi is second around the first mark - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Abu Dhabi puts her bow down to round the first mark-Upload March 21, 2012 21 - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Abu Dhabi leads the pack around the first mark - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Rooster tails from camper as she spins around the top mark with Dean Barker and Toni Stewart riding in the back - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Puma lines up for the first mark - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Camper heads back down the harbour with Telefonica ahead - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012