Boats clash at start of Volvo Ocean Race

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ALICANTE, Spain (AP) -- Camper led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Alicante on Saturday on leg 1 of a 39,000-nautical mile journey around the world after a dramatic opening in which two boats crashed into each other.

France's Groupama penalised herself for bumping heavily in choppy seas into Puma's portside stern seconds before the eight-month marathon got underway.

The six-strong fleet faces its first major test overnight when head winds of more than 25 knots are forecast in potentially boat-breaking conditions.

The six 70-foot sloops go from Alicante to Cape Town in leg one.

French soccer great Zinedine Zidane joined the Abu Dhabi boat at the start before taking the traditional leap into a chilly Mediterranean.