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No wind on the start and no wind on the next 24 to 36 hours but then:
Despite a light start to the 3,590 nautical mile transatlantic leg, gale force winds with gusts in excess of 45 knots await the fleet off shore, where Tropical Storm Alberto is lying in wait off the east coast of the United States.
Read reckons the first 24 to 48 hours of racing will prove critical, and set up a scenario where the early leaders could escape.
“We’re going to have south easterlies today and a little transition to get to the west and north westerlies around that little low up there," he said. "I think the first person through that transition will have a really great jump, so yeah, this first 24, 48 hours are really critical I think in this leg."
Leg 7 is expected to take around 11 days to complete.