Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Auckland - The run down the Waitemata

Camper heads towards one of their principal supporter’’s yacht off Stanley Point - 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, Team Sanya rounded the top mark first and headed back down the Harbour pushed by a strong easterly breeze and favourable tide. Behind her the other five boats jockeyed for position. The rounding mark was to the east of the Harbour Bridges and off the Royal New Zealand yacht Squadron. The spectator fleet was contained in a pen on the northern side of the harbour.

Camper gybes onat Stanley point and heads back to the southern side of the Waitemata - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Camper heads down the wharves having croosed the harbour again - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Dean Barker and Toni Stewart in the back of Camper - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Ken Read checks for water as the crowd in front of The Cloud watches - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Groupama gets a big tow down to the leeward rounding mark - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

The van of the fleet groups as they prepare to round the leeward mark - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Mike Sanderson concentrates aboard Team Sanya - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Sanya gets into her work on the way back up the Waitemata - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Camper at full pace going for North Head on the return leg - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Telefonica heads for the entrance to the Waitemata - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Groupama’s crew move quickly as they head up the Waitemata in a freshening breeze for the final time - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012

Puma cuts behind Telefonica - Volvo Ocean Race Auckland - Start March 18,2012