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Calm seas belie storm ahead as sailors start leg 7 of Volvo Ocean race

Storm clouds form behind the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team during leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Miami to Lisbon, Portugal on May 20.
Storm clouds form behind the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team during leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Miami to Lisbon, Portugal on May 20.Nick Dana / Volvo Ocean Race viaGetty Images

This photo makes the race look like a vacation. The weather was undeniably calm for the start of the Atlantic Ocean crossing, leg 7, of the 39,270-mile around-the-world race -- flat seas and southeast winds of 8 knots. Race officials are predicting it will take 11 days to complete this leg of the race. Tropical Storm Alberto, might give the crews a little more challenge in the days ahead.

More news about the race on the Volvo Ocean Race website.