Large crowds were on hand to see the Volvo Ocean Race fleet off on Leg 8 from Itajaí, Brazil to Newport, Rhode Island.

Turn the Tide on Plastic, with founding partner Mirpuri Foundation, was up amongst the leaders, pushing the frontrunners as they headed out to sea for the 5,700 nautical mile leg north.

The forecast is for generally light winds, making for tricky conditions to start Leg 8. The fleet is likely to push out to the east to get further offshore before making a turn to the north.

The Newport stopover is very popular with the sailors, as the town is renowned as a sailing mecca.

As the teams left Itajaí, Brazil, they were seen off by a large, enthusiastic crowd dockside as well as a generous spectator fleet on the water for the leg start.

See the leg start video:

 

Photo Credit: James Blake / VOR